I'm a long term reader of this site and this is my first post but not my first project.I created a wooden ruler growth chart as a baby present for a friend. Since I'm home for the quarantine, I decided to make it more of a challenge. It's taken from an oak tree that I cut down in my backyard. Last summer, I used an alaskan chainsaw mill to make planks. I hand planed it smooth then drew the numbers and carved them with a new set of carving chisels. Some of the numbers look a little off but I suppose that gives it the handmade look!
One of my LJ buddies pointed out I have been posting quite a few unfinished projects as of late. I thought I should post a finished one to prove that I do finish one from time to time.. lol. My sister sent me a picture of a small shelf she had found somewhere and asked if I could make her one similar so she could place our moms and her son's urns on it. Told her I would give it a go and since I had a bunch of pine scraps left over from other recent projects would use them so it wouldn't cost her anything. Not sure what the style is (possibly craftsman or early caveman maybe) but it's solid pine finished with Minwax provincial stain. Used pocket hole screws to attach the shelf spacers and dowel pins to back up the glue for the top shelf.
I got the smell of woodworking late in life. Been at it for about 2 years now. Found out measuring with a micrometer marking it with chalk cutting it with an axe and beating it together doesn't make good projects. So I slowed down and found a couple of plans I thought I could accomplish and decided to post some of the better ones here for my very first post. I found this site a while back and have enjoyed reading looking and thinking. I have enjoyed the ideas and the friendship I see here. So, I pulled the trigger today and signed up. The first photo was built for my grandson when he told me he wanted for Christmas was a BIG TRUCK grandpa, BIG TRUCK. So here is the very first project I did and made him a big truck. Used my entire shop full of tools, A 7 1/4 circular saw, hammer, cordless drill tons of screws lots of dirty words and LOTS OF BANDAIDS. (Took me a while to learn to move my thumb out of the way of the hammer and that 1 1/2 screws do stick out through a 3/4 board and will keep on screwing into the finger). He is hauling his big sister somewhere Lord only knows where! The second one is a scoot trike with ping pong balls (Lots of noise) in the rollers to drive my daughter nuts for my newest grandson. The third one is evident he wants to see where he has been. The fourth one is Last year's handmade Christmas gifts for family. I think I may have created a monster in giving away handmade STUFF for Christmas. Me thinks they are going to expect it from now on. The last photo is one of the clocks that I made. I learned how to cut the wood so the grain matches all the way around the clock. This woodworking stuff is going to be fun, maybe not to much of a profit maker, but who can place a dollar amount on a smile and a memory?