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post #1 of 18 Old 12-19-2010, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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My first project in woodworking - End Table

New to the forums and wood working and this morning I just completed my first project that I actually did myself, starting with my own plans.

I will say that I used a few choice words and wasted more material than I would have liked when I had to redo a few pieces, but I am learning.
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Cory, you did a great job and for the first project choosing to build an inset door is usually a challenge. Way to go!

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For starters, congratulations on a job well done. The end table looks great and you should be proud of your accomplishment. Secondly, I just wanted to let you know that choice words are a part of wood working. We all use them in our projects. Some of us just say them louder than others.
Thanks for sharing this one. It looks great.

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Cory, you did a great job and for the first project choosing to build an inset door is usually a challenge. Way to go!
Funny you should mention that, the door is what gave me fits more than anything.

There is really no telling how many hours I put into this, I can only hope I will get a bit faster, without sacrificing quality, in due time.

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I'm new to woodworking too, so I can really appreciate how good of a job you did. I'm hoping to tackle some cabinetry next, but I've very intimidated. What type of wood is that? The finish is beautiful!
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thats really nice. what kind of wood did you use, and what finish?
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post #7 of 18 Old 12-19-2010, 10:34 PM
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that does look really awsome
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Nice work on this end table. I bet you got an education on how not to build a table. Thats what learning is all about.

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You liar! That looks like the work of a pro! Excellent job!

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that is amazing, now you just have to make a matching one for the other side of where ever it is going.
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Looks really good, and it's always frustrating having to redo pieces (don't ask me how I know) but it is a great learning experience. And teaches valuable lessons to think before you cut, something I still catch myself not doing.

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This is embarrassing but I really do not know what kind of wood I made this out of. I picked up this wood from a garage sale almost 2 months ago, thinking it was really pretty.

Anyone any good at identifying wood?

As far as stain, I didn't use a stain, but a Shellac.

I sanded with a 220, 1st coat of Shellac(cut with denatured alcohol), sanded with 320, 2nd coat of Shellac, buffed it over several hours, very slowly.
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Very nice job! That's the way to dive in head first, true raised panels and an inset door. It looks like maple to me, but the one top rail looks like poplar...?

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For anyone interested in doing inset doors, I screwed up royally more than once on this project. After doing some searching on the web, I came up with the following article that helped me, just thought I would pass it on.

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/ar...g_inset_doors/
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Nice choice in hardware. Looks like oiled copper or brass.

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Phenomenal job, expecially since properly fitting flush mount doors can be a pita for a seasoned pro. If you do this kind of work on your first, you are destined for great things in woodworking...Look forward to seeing your future projects.

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Fine work for a first project. Hell, fine work for any number project. I like choice words and use them a lot. Even for good things. I will say you have far more skill than I do to produce something like that straight out of the gate. Keep it up.

I'm going to go with Poplar for the wood as well. Not quite the right grain (to my eye) to be maple.
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That is a really nice first project. Good job.

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