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You young guys won't have any problem with this but us older guys…?

I'm not sure, but I think my first real project was building a new breakfast nook table for a (real pretty) neighbor lady back when I was 15. That's 35 years ago boys (and girls). I made it out of 3/4" plywood with a laminated top and edgeing, one leg and a French cleat to attach it to a wall. I remember using a 3lb coffee can to draw the corner radius' and cutting the whole thing with dad's jigsaw. It turned out real good and was strong too.

And then, my mother (still) has a simple ski rack I made around the same time that was maybe 3' of 3/4" pine with 8, 3/4" dowel pegs drilled into it to hold the skis. There was a routed edge on this one, so I had to have made it in high school shop. Yep…It was where I learned the name "Roman Ogee". Ha! A little reminiscing here!

Do you remember your first? (Oh…In case you're wondering, the neighbor lady paid me $20.00 for the job. Hell. I was 15, she was real pretty, husband was a 250lb drunk. She could've kept that $20…I wouldn't have cared less!) (And her name was Marty!) HA! It's a swiss cheese memory, but it's all there.
 

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(interesting that your remember her name!) :)

well.. let's see.. my first ever woodworking project that I did by myself, (not counting some pyrography)
oooooh think,, think.. what was it.. oh yes, let's just go back and look at my project listings!!
There it is: the first woodworking project by MsDebbieP. built 393 days ago.
 

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8th grade woodshop, a cribbage board made out of red oak. First time I used a router, table saw and drill press. I covered the neighbors cribbage board with craft paper and marked the holes and then use that for a template to drill the holes. It was originally supposed to have turned legs but one of my glue ups exploded on the lathe…either I pushed too hard with the tool or banged the set piece in too hard..or did a crappy glue up. All I know is I got hit with a couple pieces of fast moving oak and ended up in the nurses room! Needless to say the cribbage board ended up being a table top model! man, that was…..34 years ago…and I still don't like to turn!
 

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Sounds like she made quite an impression on you. I'm glad you spared us the more intimate details. ROTFL!

I guess my first WW project would have been my pinewood derby car when I was in Cub Scouts. (You and I are about the same age, Dadoo, so that was 40+ years ago).

Of course I had a little help and instruction from my dad, especially with the finish. He was into making gunstock lamps at the time, and my car ended up with a french polish finish that put the other kids' painted wrecks to shame!
 

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Jr. high wood shop. A wooden spoon, then a chessboard. Then nothing for years after.
 

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When I was around 10, I got interested in old sailing ships for some reason, and started carving little models out of oak limbs that fell in the yard. I think the first one I made was the USS CONSTITUTION- that was my favorite.
 

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I think I was about 7 or 8…my Grandfather set me up with an old table pedestal. I cut circles out for the top (2) the bottom (2) and small ones (4) that I used for pad feet. I stained and varnished myself. I think my dad still has it today.

My first school woodshop project was a small box. I still have that box on a shelf in my office.
 

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It is rough trying to remember almost 40 yrs ago but I think my first was a pinewood derby car while in cub scouts. I junior high shopclass I made a book stand that a cookbook sits on, for my mother.
 

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My first was a bookcase that I made in High school shop. My mother had it in the house. and when my parents passed away, my sisters got rid of it I guess. I've never seen it in years. It was built with Red Oak.

The second was a stereo cabinet with speakers. It might have even be just a Hi-Fi because stereo was just coming out at the time. It was built with Walnut.
 

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I think the first thing that I ever made was a board- nailed to the hardwood floor when I was about four. My Dad didn't think a four year old could pound a nail through oak…

After that, The first thing that I remember building was a rocking cradle for my little sister's Cabbage Patch Kid with my Dad. Then a medicine cabinet, also with Dad, then a fishing rod rack (still right behind me) also with Dad…

Now I'm on my own, and still building most stuff with Dad's tools.
 

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Stacking circles puzzle, junior high school shop. Pine and orange shellac, from the nearly perpetually open gummed up jug of community shellac. Gawd awful workmanship and an even worse finish. It took forty years and dewaxed blonde Zinnser Seal-coat to erase the hatred of the nasty gloopy stuff.
 

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Not my very first, but my first furniture project from 8th grade shop class(about 1959 or 1960).It's made of cherry and was gifted to my older sister & brother-in-law back then for their first house. I received it back recently when they downsized to a condo. It's been in the basement collecting dust and needs a re-finishing. Maybe it's time to do that and give it to one of my kids. -SSTPhotobucket
 

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First piece of furniture was a lathe turned walnut bar stool in seven grade shop class. It had dissapeared for years, didn't know where it went. Two years ago I found it while getting my parents estate sale ready to go. I found it in pieces in my dad's old shop. Soon as I get it back together and re-finished I'll get it on here.
 

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I took high school wood shop and made a real basic entertainment center to hold my 8-track player. Wow, that sure dates me, eh? Just recently the old "entertainment center" was trashed after using it for many things, most of which was not for its original purpose. It was in pretty bad shape at this point. I didn't do any projects for many years, until I purchased my own table saw about 10-12 years ago.
 

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My first woodshop teacher was a very demanding man and he had the skills to back it up. He could do some amazing things with wood. He taught us all the basics and gave us a good foundation to build on. He loved to use the bandsaw and taught us to do so, every project that we made included a trip or two to the bandsaw. I loved that class! The first project was a hand carved nut dish. I posted pics on my projects page. After we cut the basic shape out on the bandsaw we had to hand carve the rest. Then he had us make some tables. We even got to do a little turning on the lathe and make a set of candle sconces (sp?) He was a paste wax man. IIRC we finished all our projects with paste wax. I really enjoyed it.

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First wood project ever? A key fob in grade 7. We took a trip to the high schools wood shop and made these things…they were a 1" X 1 1/2" piece of 1/4" walnut, to which you attached a picture then poured that heavy epoxy over to make a 1/4" layer. I still remember my "picture", It was a garfield cartoon saying "I'm not over-weight, I'm under-tall" LOL…gave it to my (4' 11" tall) mom :)
I guess my first "real" project was a large plate rack made in Grade 9 wood shop….still hangs up on the wall at my brothers house.
 

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In 1954, in 9th grade woodworking class, I made a gun rack for my Mossberg 410 shotgun. My second project that year was a trestle type coffee table. I still have both of these projects - still have the shotgun too!
 
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