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RipFence

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07-09-2019 05:10 PM

Hello All:
I find myself in an interesting position; in my 60s and dating. I’ve met an awesome woman who loves that I do woodworking and wants to try it herself. She envisions doing a project in an afternoon to get started. So… pressure is on to find something doable and interesting.
In my searches so far, most suggested beginner projects seem to be picture frames, boxes, cutting boards, and book ends. I also see some bookshelves and step stools but those don’t really look like 2-3 hour projects for her with my help. Right now I am leaning toward a contrasting grain (maple and mahogany) cutting board. Should be simple enough and she could put it right to use (reminding her what an awesome date I am on a daily basis).
What project would you recommend?
Cheers,
Jim


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 07-09-2019 05:27 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the dating world but, if I remember correctly, I would have made sure whatever it was, it would have required her staying overnight ;-)

Seriously though, do you turn? A pen or a bowl would be a winner if you do.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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LittleShaver

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#2 posted 07-09-2019 05:54 PM

Cutting board sounds about right. You do have to allow the glue to set overnight and rubbing in mineral oil will soften you hands.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 07-09-2019 05:54 PM

Cutting board sounds about right. You do have to allow the glue to set overnight and rubbing in mineral oil will soften you hands.

-- Sawdust Maker

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mnguy

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#4 posted 07-09-2019 06:18 PM

I taught a friend to turn doing a French rolling pin, and it took about 3 hours. If she’s a baker, that might be a fun project, and a natural for her to have you over to teach you to bake something ;)

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Peteybadboy

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#5 posted 07-09-2019 06:27 PM

If you like wine….this only takes a few hours.

2”x2” about 2 1/4” tall. I made a sled for 45 degrees to cut the sides. Glue up with Blue tape. Then cut the bottom and top to fit the openings, press fit with glue. Then you can share the bottle of wine, while the finish dries!

You can get away with 45s on the table saw I bet.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 07-09-2019 07:50 PM

id go cutting board too,everyone can use one and there easy to do a simple one.and maybe she will use it to make you a nice dinner.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 07-09-2019 11:31 PM

Tissue boxes are easy to make if you have some 1/2” thick lumber laying around. Lots of projects posted here on LJ. Couple of most recent with secret compartments, but that might take more than 2-3 hours.

Best Luck!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#8 posted 07-09-2019 11:49 PM

If I was doing this for a date night project I might choose something like this

This is how I would go about it. Have on already made up and ready to go. More on this later. Have another blank already glued up to take to the band saw. I would probably rough dimension the pieces for a third one and let her take a turn on the table saw if she is up for it. Be there every step of the way of course. Then teach her how to do a glue up. Finally over to the band saw / drill press to finish up the blank you had already glued. Finish up the project with applying finish.

Then surprise her with the one you already have made and a couple steaks to throw on the grill while you both enjoy a glass of wine together. Have a nice dinner and if following Ken’s advice maybe some more wine so no one is fit to drive home.

Edit: credit for the image https://makesomething.com/product/wine-bottle-glass-display

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SMP

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#9 posted 07-10-2019 06:02 AM

Well, you could take her to one of those wine and paint nights where you learn to paint om a canvas while drinking wine, then you can make a frame for the canvas, making a simple project thus more interesting

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 07-10-2019 06:51 AM

BIRDHOUSE. Women love housing the homeless. Seriously, it will make you look like a good guy. Easily done in an afternoon, by dinner you will be happy, she will be thrilled.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 07-10-2019 03:17 PM

my initial thought was cutting board but isn’t anything with a glue up pretty much off the table?

that said, maybe 2 – 2hr sessions is better than way you’re essentially guaranteed another date :)

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RipFence

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#12 posted 07-10-2019 05:58 PM

Brilliant! I would never have thought of this! Thanks Steve!


BIRDHOUSE. Women love housing the homeless. Seriously, it will make you look like a good guy. Easily done in an afternoon, by dinner you will be happy, she will be thrilled.

- therealSteveN


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RipFence

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#13 posted 07-10-2019 05:59 PM

Oh I like how you think! I was imagining getting to the glue up, then taking a break to grill some dinner, then coming back to it. But two sessions is a much better approach. Thanks!


my initial thought was cutting board but isn t anything with a glue up pretty much off the table?

that said, maybe 2 – 2hr sessions is better than way you re essentially guaranteed another date :)

- avsmusic1


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RipFence

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#14 posted 07-10-2019 06:00 PM

Excellent thought!


Well, you could take her to one of those wine and paint nights where you learn to paint om a canvas while drinking wine, then you can make a frame for the canvas, making a simple project thus more interesting

- SMP


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RipFence

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#15 posted 07-10-2019 06:08 PM

Whoa, that’s really really good. Could even do the glass holders and cutting board as a matched set.
I was imaging that we would build two. I would do each operation and then she would do it with her stock. Very similar to your suggestion.
Thanks,
Jim


If I was doing this for a date night project I might choose something like this

This is how I would go about it. Have on already made up and ready to go. More on this later. Have another blank already glued up to take to the band saw. I would probably rough dimension the pieces for a third one and let her take a turn on the table saw if she is up for it. Be there every step of the way of course. Then teach her how to do a glue up. Finally over to the band saw / drill press to finish up the blank you had already glued. Finish up the project with applying finish.

Then surprise her with the one you already have made and a couple steaks to throw on the grill while you both enjoy a glass of wine together. Have a nice dinner and if following Ken s advice maybe some more wine so no one is fit to drive home.

Edit: credit for the image https://makesomething.com/product/wine-bottle-glass-display

- sansoo22


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