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post #1 of 5 Old 01-17-2010, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I come from a family with absolutely zero woodworking / making stuff / working on cars / remodeling experience. As a child, my dad almost burned down the house installing a ceiling fan.

So as a young adult what did I do? I bought a mid-century modern fixer-upper -- determined to overcome my genetic disadvantages become a handy guy.

My first exposure to woodworking came about because of a fence. I had a badly deteriorating fence and needed a new one. I called a bunch of contractors and they all told me they wanted to build the standard "dog-eared" picket fence deal. I finally found a craftsman interested in building what I wanted (something that would actually go with the house) but then I got his estimate. A day later when I finally came to I decided to build it myself. I've attached a photo. I also got extra ambitious and instead of a normal gate, I thought it would be awesome to build a replica "door" that is modeled in the same proportions as the doors that show up all over my house.

Then I realized I needed some furniture for now-enclosed courtyard. Unfortunately, not a lot of places sell stuff I want and the ones do are not cheap. Even then it's hard to find things that are exactly the right dimensions. I've always wanted to try designing furniture so this past weekend I gave it a shot. I found some plans online that had a few elements I like and then I modified the design to fit perfect. Attached is a mockup without the seat and back boards in (waiting for the stain to dry as I type this).

Next I'm hoping to design and build an arm / lounge chair variant with an ottoman / stool (you can never have too much seating around the firepit!)
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Welcome from Texas Steve. Looks like your off to a good start.

Did you say tool sale?
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Welcome Steve. Have any pictures of your dad's handywork with that ceiling fan?

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Welcome aboard from Texas.

Is there some law that states only Texans can welcome Californians?
Can you tell me more about Medical Marijauna? I had to look up the correct spelling of marijauna, really, I did.

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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum Steve.

Great pics. Keep up the good work.

HHHMMM it does seem that only us Texan's seem to be here.....

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Where did I put that tape measure???
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