Oh come on. What about that piece in your hand?
Sure, that's cool and all. But it doesn't qualify as my all-time favorite project. The one that does is this:
32 years ago, when I was almost 9 yrs. old, I wanted to make a woodworking project as a Cub Scout as requirement for a specific arrow head patch for whatever rank I was at the time. So my Grandpa - favorite Grandpa - took me into his workshop and helped me make this silver balsa wood airplane:
He helped mostly by drawing guidelines and teaching me how to work the coping saw, rasp and belt sander. Almost all of the shaping was done by me as an 8 year old kid.
To this day, I'm amazed at how gracefully symmetrical I managed to sculpt the propeller with that belt sander.
Unfortunately, during a move about 10 years ago, a friend of mine threw away the original pine base and coat hanger wire stand. The wire and base you see here were made fairly recently in an attempt to recreate the original. The replacement base is also pine and the coat hanger wire is shaped in the same sort of crude, not-so-graceful S-curve I remember from the original.
While the original base is gone forever, this remains my all-time favorite project. It was my very FIRST woodworking project ever. I made most of it myself. and it's still one of the fondest memories I have of my Grandpa French, who passed away about 5 years ago now, only months before an interstate trip to go see him, allowing him to meet my so-to-be wife for the first time. But lo; it wasn't meant to be.
This Grandpa and this project set in motion my "lifelong" hobby of woodcarving and woodworking. He is where I got the inspiration to do my trick carving. My dad's inspiration for the same (carving, at least). This project is where I got my first pocketknife cut on the finger. It's where I made something I was proud of enough to have kept and treasured to this day.