Last edited by Chuck Thoits; 05-03-2009 at 02:51 PM.
It could be worse You could be on fire.
My first real furniture project was a cherry coffee table that we still have. There are plenty of flaws to be found for sure, but all things considered, I think it came out pretty well.
Prior to that I did build two matching headboards for my daughters out of 2x6 pine, but I didn't consider those real furniture.
In school, as a "Project" the first thing I made was a door knocker, a woodpecker on a board, with a string on it, pull the string and the woodpecker knocked. My parents still have it hanging on the basement door.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward
probably the pinewood derby car......`67 or `68?
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My first project in the modern era was the platform bed I made for my eldest son. Still in use today, passed down through the middle son, and now the youngest is using it.
easy for me.no plans, just cut some wood and screwed and bolted. My neighber has these chairs, painted red.
My first working with wood was when I was about 8 years old. Dad use to carve/shape/rasp out his own golf head woods. And I learned from him.
The first project I can remember that wasn't a golf club was a hand carved old shoe, which my mom still has. My first power tool project in school was probably a light box (really in vogue in those days) What I would consider my first major project would be a clock I did in 9th grade that won that years Wood Award. I still have the clock.
I must have made a rubberband-powered paddleboat in Cub Scouts. I definitely made some little airplanes out of popsicle sticks, toothpicks and glue.
But I never took woodshop in school, and my dad was more of a mechanic than a woodworker. So...
... the first thing I can remember designing and making (mostly) out of wood was a camera tripod - when I was 21. And yep - I still have it!
The design allowed for 3-way motion but it didn't do a very good job otherwise.
1) The hole in the triangular piece was too big for the dowel, so I had to adjust for the inevitable "droop" with creative placement of the legs, etc.
2) The screw that I used to hold the camera to the tripod didn't have the right TPI (I didn't know much about that, either) ... but it worked. I was careful not to strip the threads in the camera body.
3) I didn't know about grain direction, or pre-drilling holes (or anything else, really) so the vertical piece split very early on.
Still, I used the tripod to take a few pictures with my SLR ... but not very many. A few years ago I got my first "real" tripod ($18 at Wal-Mart ) but I guess I haven't learned much from the past. Check out my lighting system!
Putting wheels on this cannon may have been my first ever wood working project. I couldn't have been older than eight. I also made a couple knives but don't recall if they were before or after this. Still have those also. I found this cannon in an abandoned barn in Michigan where my folks had a summer cabin. It didn't have wheels but there were (still are) wear grooves showing the diameter of the original wheels. I cut these wheels out of 2-byes with a coping saw and soaked with stain. Screwed on with some all-thread rod and it has remained that way for 60+ years. I showed the cannon to an expert and he said it was made about 1800-1820 by a craftsman, probably a blacksmith, who knew "a little something" about cannons. It shows styling from several eras and countries so he, no doubt, was working from memory of things he had seen. It doesn't have an adjusting screw or wedge. Meaning it is not for firing a projectile. It is a signal cannon. 1" bore. I sometimes fire on 4th of July.
I can't remember if it was the pinewood derby car or the bird feeder. I made both with my Dad when I was in cub scouts. (in the early '80s)
I still have the pinewood derby car....some place. The bird feeder lasted between 15 to 20 years in my parents side yard feeding birds and pesky squirrels alike.
Last edited by Sean Wright; 12-07-2008 at 03:31 PM.
We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.