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Offline Bob D.

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Re: What was your first woodworking experience?
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2019, 05:04 PM »
Probably when I was about 8 or 9 back in the mid 60s. I belonged to our local 4H club and also Scouts but in 4H we learned basic woodworking and electrical stuff. Our WWing classes were at the boat shop down at the docks. This was an old place where they used to build boats but in the 60s that was gone and the shops sat empty most of the time. Mr. Knight owned the place and taught us how to use and care for hand tools, basic layout, and guided us on some simple projects.

The one project I remember making was a door stop. Real simple T-shaped style which we shellacked. I gave it to my Mom as a Mother's Day gift.

Last Christmas I was at my sister's house and noticed a wooden door stop holding a door open. I asked where did you get that and she said "Mom gave it to me". I told her I had made that 50+ years ago and she said she knew because Mom had told her. It had been about 40 years since I last saw it in my Mother's house. Next time I am there I will have to take a picture of it.

I also remember making a milk carton holder from wood and sheet metal, a small table top book rack from pine, and a electrical test light using a 230V lamp in a pigtail socket which we folded the pigtail leads back up on the bulb and secured them with friction tape with the leads spaced about 3/4 of an inch apart so they could be inserted in a receptacle. The light glowed dimly at 120v. Don't what happened to that. Last I saw it was the last time I moved and that was 21 years ago. No idea where it is now.
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Offline Jiggy Joiner

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Re: What was your first woodworking experience?
« Reply #31 on: March 29, 2019, 05:27 AM »
Mine was apparently as a toddler, picking up a hammer and nearly hitting my dad with it, whilst he was fixing the fence.  [blink]

Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: What was your first woodworking experience?
« Reply #32 on: March 30, 2019, 01:13 PM »
Not a lot of money at home when I was a kid, so I always had to get a summer job.  When I was 16 I got a summer job with the school district as a carpenter's helper with the maintenance department.  Kept coming back up through first two years of college.  First year was pretty much just labor - hauling bags of cement, simple demo and disposal, cleaning up after the carpenter.  Over the years he taught me basics of tuning up doors, repairing windows, drywall, etc and sent me out on my own for simple jobs.  Toward the end I was doing some simple cabinet making.

Didn't do any furniture making until decades later, but at least that gave me the self confidence to try and learn new stuff.

Offline dwillis

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Re: What was your first woodworking experience?
« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2019, 02:48 PM »
Probably my father teaching my brother and I how to use his lathe is the first woodworking experience I can remember. Just making sawdust and a round piece of wood was fun, regardless of whatever we were turning.

On a side note, it was a Sears Craftsman lathe made in ~1940 that my grandfather gave to my father as a high school graduation present (my grandfather was a machinist). My father, who is now an active 94 year old, gave me the lathe and all the accessories a few years ago. When I get my retirement home and workshop built this year the lathe will be a featured tool. I'm also looking forward to restoring it to a like new condition. In all these years it's only had the motor replaced. Nothing like solid cast iron and machined steel.

My father gave me a life long appreciation for good tools, guess that's why I appreciate Festools.

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Offline Reiska

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Re: What was your first woodworking experience?
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2019, 07:37 AM »
I was just a kid - maybe 4-5 years old building toys out of wood with my grandfather. We built swords, bows and arrows, toy rifles, pistols, roman catapults, gocarts and tree houses. Eventually by the age of 10 or 11 I built with him my very own playing house with a proper concrete foundation, glass windows, tar paper roofing, electricity, lights and doors with proper locks.

I think the absolute first thing was a simple sword or it might have been a whistle - can't remember for sure. I remember that I got to use a handsaw and a sloyd knife to do it for the first time.

I took all possible shop class, computer science and electronics in school from 3rd grade until 9th grade I could which translates to about 4h / week for those years graduating from hand tools to power tools on wood to metal work and welding in middle school.

Subsequently I did help my uncle build his house from the ground up so did everything from building the foundations, building the concrete molds, rebarring the plates, concrete pouring, wall assembly, inside trim installation, electric wiring, fuse box connections, roof tile installation, insulation, etc. All manners of things except not much plumbing.

Now trying to teach my own son to do things - started at the age of 5 with him and made a wooden Katana with him. Then came Thor's hammer, British Longsword, Viking Axe and now we're tipping our toes into electronics at the age of 11.
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