My first project

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Project by Bigbuck posted 07-03-2008 07:39 PM 3266 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was just going through some pictures and came across some of my first project. After moving into our new house a year ago this month I began looking for something to do in the garage. I wanted to start welding again but it didn’t seem like it would be very safe so I decided I would try woodworking.

The LOML desperatly wanted a new computer desk so I said I can build that and off I went. I had done some rough construction around the farm when I was kid but even then most of it was weldeded out of pipe, so I had a lot to learn. Since I had never used glue to hold anything together before I decided this time I would use nothing but glue and dowels. I didn’t quite meet my goal, as I learned you can’t glue something very well after it has been staine so all of the plywood panels in the back of the case had to be screwed into place.

Since all I had was a circular saw, cheap miter box handsaw combo, belt sander, palm sander and a router, the dimensions were all dictated by the size of lumber available at the BORG’s. I borowed a table saw to cut the trim from larger stock and used the router to shape it. The top was made with a sheet of plywood with 1/2 thick strips of pine glued to the top. The top and hutch are held in place with dowls so it can be taken off for movig.

There are definately a lot, I mean a lot of problems with this peace, but I also learned a lot in the process. Given the level of experiance I had going into this and the tools I had available I am pleased with it. But the best part of the project was all of the things I learned and a new love for woodworking. I just wish I would have started sooner, cause I still got a lot to learn.

Thanks for looking

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#1 posted 07-03-2008 07:44 PM

I think it looks great. Especially considering the limeited tools and experience you had to work with at the time.

And obviously those letters stand for Never Mind Shut Up. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-03-2008 08:08 PM

Looks pretty good to me, I look forward to more postings!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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Dominic Vanacora

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#3 posted 07-03-2008 08:12 PM

Nice desk for the first project. I like the wood selection it goes well together.
My first project was getting out the splinters.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 07-03-2008 08:27 PM

Looks great!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 07-03-2008 08:37 PM

That is excellent, especially considering the tools you had available. Keep it up!

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#6 posted 07-03-2008 09:13 PM

Thanks guys

LOL Charlie, NMSU stands for New Mexico State University, my wife is a 4th Generation NMSU aggie and likes to collect their stuff so I thought it would add a nice touch.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 07-03-2008 10:06 PM

I was relieved to note that in the third picture the desk didn’t need the Igloo jack in the middle, but could stand of it’s own! LOL. Glenn, I think it’s a great project, and pretty ambitious given the skill/tool level. I also think it’s a great strategy—make something for Momma and you’re a lot more likely to get your own table saw!!

Great job, and thanks for sharing!!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#8 posted 07-03-2008 11:26 PM

That is a lot to show for your first project. Look forward to seeing your next project.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-04-2008 04:34 AM

Hi Glen;

For your first piece this shows a lot of promise.

I doubt my first piece looked this good.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 07-04-2008 05:36 AM

I like the design. In my opinion the proportions are good.

-- Jason

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Rob Drown

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#11 posted 07-04-2008 08:12 AM

Very cool! Welcome to woodworking.


-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#12 posted 08-09-2008 08:50 AM

very nice! Great job on the design

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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