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    I am guilty...

    I came across this photo in a box last night that does prove I used a lathe once (it was really just that one time Larry ).

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    Our next door neighbors gave me the piano, which was in pieces and had an alligatored black paint over the maple body. I spent the summer I turned 15 scraping it down and stripping what didn't flake off. The carvings were the hardest to clean up, took me 3 weeks to pick them clean with the tip of a pocket knife. To finish them I simply layed them flat and heavily brushed the same stain into them and let them cure without wiping any away. I don't remember the finish used over that.

    The bench I built from soft maple that dad had available in the shop. He stopped in from time to time to offer suggestions (and to make sure I was cleaning up the shop), but he let me build the whole thing on my own. It was actually one of my favorite projects I've done. For the flutes on the turned legs I spent days making up a jig for the router that I could index the legs every 1/8th turn and the base for the router was at the same angle to keep the flutes consistent. The legs were all mortised as well as the stretchers. The lid lifts and has storage for sheet music.

    A couple of years after HS I had a guy come by to appraise it. He charged me $50 and left me with an appraisal that says the piano is worth $100 with a note stating "this is not an offer". I still laugh about that one.

    My sister ended up taking the piano when my parents sold their house. She's offered it back to me, but I have yet to take her up on it, but both of her kids grew up using it and both are in college now. The bench has held up fine all these years.
    Darren

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    that is super impressive for a 15 y/o.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    that is super impressive for a 15 y/o.
    Yeah...I still wonder how the heck I pulled that off. I think when my dad looks back at some of the stupid things I did, he does too. I remember my sister telling me once, "Yeah, we didn't think you were going to make it, but you've done alright".
    Darren

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    Very cool, Darren. That's a nice bench, and it's great that you were able to get your self-esteem back after using the lathe, too.
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    Nice, you really did a very good job of matching the style. Impressive work for a 15 yr old.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    it's great that you were able to get your self-esteem back after using the lathe, too.

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    when we are young darren we quite often dabble in things we shouldnt , sometimes we come out ok sometimes we dont.. on this one you came out fine
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    I had to go back for a look and it looks nice. Did good !
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    That appraiser, what a piece of work! But it looks great. You must have learned a lot from that project.
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    Thanks guys, it's been a trip thinking about how much I had to do to that thing. The refinish work was by far the easiest. The entire action, though was in decent condition, I had to go through and tighten and repair ribbons that act as tethers to pull the hammer back when the key is released. Pretty amazing feat to figure out at that age and with no such thing as "Internet" to refer to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    That appraiser, what a piece of work! But it looks great. You must have learned a lot from that project.
    I did, but I've actually learned more looking back at the picture and reflecting upon it. I haven't done anything that crazy since it seems. I'm thinking about how much more organized and supplied Dad's shop was than what I'm using today. I'm lucky to have a sheet of plywood on hand let alone much hardwood. Time to make some changes to make things easier to focus on completing tasks rather than fumbling around.
    Darren

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