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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Lakewood , CA

    First Projects

    Hey All,

    I'm new to woodworking and I thought I'd pop in to show off my first two projects. I recently acquired a used Delta table saw and the significant other decided we needed a chalk board. I did some reading and decided that I would float the chalk board in an oak frame with a coved bottom to hold the chalk and eraser. I made a couple mistakes which turned into good lessons but all in all I think it came out acceptable.

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    After receiving approval from the boss she sent me back to the garage to make picture frames. We went to Woodcraft and picked up a few goodies then off I went. Unfortunately I didn't think to photograph the process until it was near complete


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    I know these projects are super easy compared to a lot of the beautiful work posted here, but it's a start. Next I want to try something with drawers.

    Thanks for looking,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    First of all, Welcome to the family!

    Great job on the blackboard and frames!

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Welcome John. That's a far better saw than I started with, congrats on the find. Also, congrats on the first projects, they came out great. Every project teaches us something no matter how long we do this. That is one of the wonderful things about wood working for me, the constant challenges. Thanks for posting and we look forward to your company.
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    - Arthur C. Clarke

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Welcome John. Glad you found us. Those are some beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    Welcome John and for a first post, FANTASTIC chalk board and frames look great, right down to the splined mitres

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    welcome john, and before you start on some drawers do some looking around here and ask many questions they are villians in disguise but can be mastered
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very nice work, John. They may seem like simple projects, but sometimes the simple projects can be the hardest. From the looks of the photos, you did great. The joints look tight and the splines really set things off nicely.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Austin, Texas
    Welcome. Great Work - not at all like the usual first project. Congratulations on a fine job, especially the splined frames.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
    Lots of my free advice at

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Quote Originally Posted by John Zmuda View Post
    I know these projects are super easy compared to a lot of the beautiful work posted here, but it's a start. Next I want to try something with drawers.
    You might think so.. but some of us still don't get our miters that tight all (or even most) the time either So really darn good job out of the gate!

    My only real suggestion is to look closer at the wood grain when initially laying things out, for instance on the last photo the grain on the side is wild and crazy while the grain on the top/bottom is fairly plain. If they were more similar it would imho blend better. Ditto the top of the blackboard vs the sides (I think the left side is effectively "rift sawn oak" and the top was probably "plain sawn oak", if you google image search those two terms you'll see what I'm looking at more I think).

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Nothing easy about frames John. Yours look great, nice job

    Welcome !!!!!!!
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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