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Old 04-25-2012, 06:51 PM
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This thread, inspired in part by DVP's "Timber Deck Project" marks my return to the woodworking scene. I have not touched any of these kind of tools since I was 14, 12 years ago! I have taken this on in part to make some extra money on the side, but also because I forgot how much I enjoyed it! I finally felt very calm and at peace amongst all the turmoil and drama lately, which is something I cannot seem to obtain in the heat of a RC race, or trying to find specific heavenly bodies with a manual telescope (frustrating, trust me).


This is going to be an oak keepsake box. So far, in the 2 1/2 hours I spent on it today, I have gotten all the pieces cut, made my first ever dados for the walls, routed the top and bottom, and made double sure it all fits together. Perfect!

The next steps will be perfecting the fit (just a tiny hair off), finish sanding, recessed hinges, adding some hand wood-burnt images, laying felt inside, and oil.

The pictures show the first test fit, top off and top on, the routed edges (pre-sanding), and also a comparison of the raw oak (big piece) and the test piece with two coats of pure raw linseed oil (little piece).

I can already tell that in the future I may want to use thinner walls, and do more work with dados to make dividers and such.

If anyone out there sees something going wrong, or something I need friendly advice on, by all means let me know! I will post more pics as progress is made!

I am doing these boxes and such for now, in the future i would love to branch out into coffee tables, dressers, coat closets, etc
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I finally felt very calm and at peace
Yeah creating something is a good way to take your mind of other things that might be bothering you at the time.

I have a largte(-ish) wood lathe tucked away in the shed, as I don't have the space to have it set up permanently.
I'm thinking of rearranging stuff in there so I can have it more accessible.


That box looks good so far, I like it.



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would love to branch out into coffee tables, dressers, coat closets, etc
I've built a few pieces of furniture which I can post some pics of here if you don't mind?
Might give you some inspiration for future projects.









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I would love to someday own a wood lathe, that would open up what I could make quite a bit

Go ahead, post away!

And thank you.


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Yeah creating something is a good way to take your mind of other things that might be bothering you at the time.

I have a largte(-ish) wood lathe tucked away in the shed, as I don't have the space to have it set up permanently.
I'm thinking of rearranging stuff in there so I can have it more accessible.


That box looks good so far, I like it.



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I've built a few pieces of furniture which I can post some pics of here if you don't mind?
Might give you some inspiration for future projects.









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Interesting. Can you make one for me? Personally I hate working with wood.
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Right well here's the TV unit I made a few years back.
I hate hate HATE buying furniture as it's either cheap white crap laminated overpriced chipboard or cheap crap overpriced timber....


This was made using pine and then stained with a dark stain.
















The shelves are a not so empty these days
Also replaced the TV and speakers since this photo was taken.



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I scored these hardwood tongue&groove boards from a guy I was doing some landscaping for.
He was gonna use them for concreting formwork [X(]
I told him I'll get him some ply if I can have the boards.










They sat in the shed for a few years before I got round to doing something with them.

Eventually they became a bombproof coffee table.
Yeah most things I make are oversized and chunky.











Most of the table is glued together - something that was a new experience for me.
Only the legs are screwed on.










The legs were made from this old 4x4in hardwood post I had replaced on someone's patio a while ago.
(Yes I keep everything - EVERYTHING. It'll come in handy one day)

This is what I love about scavenging old timber.
Once the paint comes off and you reveal the nice surface underneath.
And choke on the dust from the old lead paint.







Still got the temporary pine legs on in these pics...















I thought I had a pic with the sides and legs laquered but apparently I don't.






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Here's the old wood lathe.
Picked it up for $70 at the scrapyard.
Complete with cutting tools.


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Just one more post.
Some random stuff.
CD racks, Stereo shelf and the bench there.

Funny looking at these old pics....
The room is so bare compared to now.




This is all pine too by the way.

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Oh but wait there's more.


Another salvaged piece of timber which became a bar top for the patio.
I started cladding the front with mini-orb corrugated tin about...... 4 years ago maybe.
I'll get around to finishing it one day.

Maybe.



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Although there is this thing too I suppose....
A stand for (some of) my vinyl collection.

Pine again, with what I think are old bed slats and covered with fabric.





(Also made the frame for the "Grudge" poster in the last pic)






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I never make any drawings or put too much thought in to my projects.
Just take a few basic measurements and go from there.

The whole process from "Hmmm I need a [insert word here] for that" to the finished product is very enjoyable.
Working with timber is great, and I wish I had more time to do it.
And more space to get stuff like a big bandsaw, planer and a few other things.
Ideally a second shed just for woodworking really....

I've made heaps of other stuff too but nothing really worh posting pics of.
Just shelves, dog beds and little racks and stuff.
I've never been the kind of person who accepts that something is a bit too big or small or in the wrong place.
If there's a need for a shelf etc I will build one and be done with it.

Life's too short for crap furniture


Hopefully these pics will inspire someone to get the tools out and start cutting and sanding.






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i guess one of my family members on my dad's side is a world renown furniture maker, i guess that gene skipped me! i think its lack of correct tools and know how, most the time i just hack at some wood pound in some nails, the end product looks like the work of a disturbed beaver. i will need to fabricate a Argentine tegu cage sometime next year (if im still in the states, finger crossed im not!) im going use some hardwood, some door hinges and some dog-proof screen, it will be a 6 by 3 by 2. these lizards get very big very fast, to put it this way when i get it in july it can be 18 inches in 6months and can be full grown being 3-4 ft and 20lbs or so in 2 years, its going to be a big scaly teddy bear though, im good at taming animals.
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i guess one of my family members on my dad's side is a world renown furniture maker, i guess that gene skipped me! i think its lack of correct tools and know how,

most the time i just hack at some wood pound in some nails, the end product looks like the work of a disturbed beaver.

i will need to fabricate a Argentine tegu cage sometime next year (if im still in the states, finger crossed im not!) im going use some hardwood, some door hinges and some dog-proof screen, it will be a 6 by 3 by 2. these lizards get very big very fast, to put it this way when i get it in july it can be 18 inches in 6months and can be full grown being 3-4 ft and 20lbs or so in 2 years, its going to be a big scaly teddy bear though, im good at taming animals.


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i guess one of my family members on my dad's side is a world renown furniture maker, i guess that gene skipped me! i think its lack of correct tools and know how,

most the time i just hack at some wood pound in some nails, the end product looks like the work of a disturbed beaver.

i will need to fabricate a Argentine tegu cage sometime next year (if im still in the states, finger crossed im not!) im going use some hardwood, some door hinges and some dog-proof screen, it will be a 6 by 3 by 2. these lizards get very big very fast, to put it this way when i get it in july it can be 18 inches in 6months and can be full grown being 3-4 ft and 20lbs or so in 2 years, its going to be a big scaly teddy bear though, im good at taming animals.


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Yeah like that! i took wood-shop, and i wasn't half bad, but i had good templates, a band saw, table saw, files, drill press and all that along with guidance, however without any tools i literally take a hack saw (or a axe, depending on what is closer) cut some pieces of wood without a tape measure, rummage through the junk drawer for some screws and nails and make some unholy piece of crap, all the stuff is temporary and done when im feeling a bit ADD.

i want to build a cat jungle gym thing, but i will have to barrow someones saw and a staple gun.
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Yes well a good setup of tools and a workbench is a must.






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Yes very much so, I didn't even consider starting this until my tool supplies jumped exponentially. I have been kind of slacking on it though since I made this thread, got so much on my plate right now! Oh and the projects look great DVP!
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I finally got around to finishing the burning on the top of the box. Pyrography turned out to be very challenging, and personally I think some of my lines show my inexperience. Sanding is finished as well!
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Finished the box today, WOW it came out exactly as i expected, a rare thing for sure! I got the hinges on it today, and the felt liner, and cleaned up all the spots on the wood from pencil and such from the wood burning. It is essentially all ready to go, just have a day or two to wait before the linseed oil is 100%. Now I am trying to figure out how much I should sell these type of things for, and how many I can make before it becomes more work than fun!
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That looks good mate!
Nice work.


Yeah it would be hard to work out how much they're worth.
How long did it take you to make it?
There's probably quite a small margin between material cost + labour time and what you can sell them for.
Where are you thinking of selling them?
Ebay, local markets....?

Although if you massproduce them on a small scale it will be quicker than making one at a time I suppose.


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I am going to try using craigslist.com and once I have enough things backed up and made I will be loading the truck up and heading for the local flea market. Thank you, btw!
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Burn some pot leaves into that thing and you could probably make a ton of money.
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I thought about making some smaller stash boxes and seeing if my buddy would sell em in his head shop. I am also looking at doing Wiccan designs and such, because they will buy it up like crazy! I am not one, but my fiancee is so she could help me there.


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Yeh true.
Maybe go one step further and incorporate a small drawer underneath, a couple of compartments for lighter, papers, scissors, a small bowl and all the other things that.... um..... people who smoke weed allegedly use.






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i found a piece of drift wood a few days ago. its about 12" long and prob 1" in diameter. but its hollow and very light and almost perfectly straight. im gonna see if i can carve it with some cool desgns or stuff like that. not sure how tho.

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Buy a wood burning kit Got mine for $20


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i found a piece of drift wood a few days ago. its about 12" long and prob 1" in diameter. but its hollow and very light and almost perfectly straight. im gonna see if i can carve it with some cool desgns or stuff like that. not sure how tho.

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