Do you still have any of your early projects?
I found this box, a couple of days ago, my dad helped me build it in
1966. When 1/4" plywood was 1/4" and the brads that continue to hold
this together were only put in with a hammer. We had just moved into a
new neighborhood and scrap lumber was everywhere.
All cuts were made with an old B&D jig saw IIRC. Any way probably my
first keep'r. I think I was 11. :~)
By any chance was it Pasadena Slot Car Raceway? Home of multi world record
holder P.A. Watson?
I raced there when my kids were young, but it was clear across town. He moved
to Katy and we raced there more. PA currently has one heck of a nice place with
a King, Hillclimb and a 1/32 club track in West Oaks Mall at the corner of
Westheirmer and Highway 6. Just in case you get tired of making sawdust some
evening and want something else to do. :)
Somewhere in my parents house in White Hall is a cookbook holder I made
for Mom in wood shop, circa 1958.
The birdhouse I made her in metal shop was too big to get out the shop
door, so had to sell the metal back to the shop teacher.
First lesson in planning ahea
On Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 5:24:03 PM UTC-5, Swingman wrote:
r Mom in wood shop, circa 1958.
I laughed so hard I thought I was going to fall off the couch! Too damn fu
nny. I was picturing a Gary Larson style cartoon with a puzzled Karl stand
ing in from of a mini bus sized bird condo next to a front door with the ca
ption being, "First lesson in planning ahead."
My Mom still has something I made for her when I was about 8 in '65. Prett
y crude, but it was a recipe holder that was made from some 1/4" plywood sc
raps that my came from who knows where. I actually made it because I wante
d to give Mom something I made, and I wanted to use my wood burning set. S
he has it at the senior center where she lives and I chuckle when I see it.
Built with only a saw and hammer, and one piece of sandpaper my Dad let m
e have. I burned "RECIPES" on it in some kind of homemade script I thought
looked fancy. I still remember how many nails I bent getting them into th
at plywood, and how stressed I was that I almost didn't get all of RECIPES
burned on the box since I didn't really have any idea of spatial relations.
On 9/27/2015 1:56 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I'm still laughing. With out a doubt building something too big still
haunts me to this day. There is one piece in particular that would have
been given away about 5 years ago had it not been for the insistance of
2, 23 year young men that could conquer any task with enough applied
We built a shed in one of the high school shop classes. I remember asking
the question about whether it would fit out the door. The door was 10',
the shed base (no walls yet) slightly bigger. Don't know what we would
have done if we couldn't tilt the thing...
Some young men are easily convinced to perform any task that puts their
muscle on display.
Several decades ago, when I was pretty young myself, the band I played
with carried much larger and heavier equipment than I use now. And the
places that band played in tended to have bouncers. Sometimes a couple
of eager, strapping young lads would ask if we needed help with our gear.
I'd usually respond, "Uh, sure. But whatever you do, don't try to pick
up that rack case (or bass bin, or Fender Rhodes), it's *really* heavy".
Before you could snap your fingers, all the very heaviest gear was on
its way up the stairs.
I have an ugly lamp turned on the lathe in Jr High shop class.
My dad had it in his office for many years, after he passed on
and my Mom moved to a smaller place I ended up with it.
I was probably 12 when I made it. I credit that shop class
with starting my interest in woodworking, altho I've since
learnt that almost everything we were taught wasn't really
correct (a combination of making it simple enough for our
age, and keeping us away from chisels and similar sharp
I might have one of my earliest somewhere. It was a wall sconce (sp?)
candle holder type deal. I remember all the details of its construction,
after all it was just two boards, two screws, and a lesson in shop safety
I'll never forget. The scar has faded, but I never let my skin get close
to sanders (especially belt sanders).
Interesting thing about this post is that I built two more wall sconces
today. Same basic construction, but these I'm going to paint. They're
going to hold speakers for a surround sound system.
Good topic - thanks Leon.
We still have an elm night table and a small pine bookshelf ..
... neither is a source of great pride .. but -
- it's been quite a journey - from then - to now !
My woodworking started in a high-school night class -
- Scarborough Ontario ~ 1981.
,.. since then - I've been on-and-off - folk toys, birdhouses, etc
.. it's small potatoes - but a great hobby !
Nothing way long ago, no. Except some hand tools I bought in 1943.
The oldest made stuff I can think of is some rope stropped blocks circa
1970. Also a couple of belaying pins. The blocks are used sometimes, the
pins not so much so. There is also the bed we sleep in every night but
that's only 30 years old.
I have that beat by a few years -- I still have a turned maple/walnut lamp
which I made in shop class so that would have been circa 1961 or 1962.
Other than that I guess the earliest 'real' project would be QS fir box I
made around 1983. It has stained end caps but is otherwise finished
natural; all of the joinery is concealed tongue-and-groove router stuff
with absolutely no fasteners anywhere. Actually, it isn't too bad looking
despite using too-thick stock from big-box-store stair tread material
because I had no planer (and no plane beyond a Stanley block plane) at the
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