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After falling in love with all of the beautiful wooden gaming accessories coming out these days (from Dog Might in particular, but also from other talented companies like Wyrmwood Gaming and Elderwood Academy), I've just signed up for an 8-week Intro to Woodworking class at my local adult ed center (in Cambridge, MA) so I can create one of these nifty items for myself.  The class I'm taking guides us through constructing a lidded cherry & walnut box, which I may then line with felt to turn it into a dice chest of my own.  The class runs through November and I'll post my finished project here after I'm done.

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Very pumped to see the work you do. I only ever have one piece of advice for people getting into woodworking...please, have a healthy respect for tablesaws.

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I had a 5th grade teacher that cut into his leg accidentally with a  circular saw sometime prior to me being in his class. He used to freak kids out by sticking pins into his thigh where the nerves had died from the injury.

 

On a related note to SeeSome, I have a friend that recently turned a hobby in woodworking into his own business doing small scale projects for people. I'll have to post a couple of his creations, they are pretty neat. He did a full-on gaming table similar to the Ultimate Gaming Tables on kickstarter right now a couple of years ago for a friend, he's built some cool chessboards and cutting boards too.

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@Ian Coyle Very nice work. We all have made cutting boards and chess boards as well. My pride and joy is my coffee table made out of Kentucky Coffee Tree wood. Also, has a built in bottle opener.

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Ian, your work look awesome. I have learned working with wood can be fun too, though my project is not is not beautiful like yours. 

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5 hours ago, RomyCat said:

Ian, your work look awesome. I have learned working with wood can be fun too, though my project is not is not beautiful like yours. 

I wish I were that talented. Those were done by a friend of mine

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I realized that I never posted the photos that I promised of the completed project from my first woodworking class.  So here they are.  A simple, classic cherry box with walnut accents that the instructor had us build using various techniques that got us some practice on each of the tools in the shop. 

The class was fun, and I love the end result, but I think this type of woodworking isn't for me.  The precision required to get every cut exactly right, then cleanly glue the pieces together was and interesting project but it didn't call out to me as a hobby.

OTOH, the shop also offers classes on turning wood for bowls and pens and I'm thinking I might give that a try to see if I find that a more enjoyable project.

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Thanks. This particular class was through a local adult ed center (Cambridge, MA).  It was 8 three-hour sessions (held once-a-week) and included instructions on how to operate various tools in the woodshop, principles of woodworking, and time to work on the box.  The same instructor also teaches more advanced classes on building stools, fancier joinery, and other topics.

If I do the turning class, that would be through a local Woodcraft supply store, rather than the adult ed center.

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On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2018 at 4:31 PM, SeeSome said:

Thanks. This particular class was through a local adult ed center (Cambridge, MA).  It was 8 three-hour sessions (held once-a-week) and included instructions on how to operate various tools in the woodshop, principles of woodworking, and time to work on the box.  The same instructor also teaches more advanced classes on building stools, fancier joinery, and other topics.

If I do the turning class, that would be through a local Woodcraft supply store, rather than the adult ed center.

Nice work. Solid joinery. There are about 6 of us that would love to buy a lathe and get to some turning. Maybe someday when I have 10 mins to spare.

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My buddy that made the other items above got a lathe recently and made this hourglass for another friend of ours with it.

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On ‎2‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 1:28 PM, Ian Coyle said:

My buddy that made the other items above got a lathe recently and made this hourglass for another friend of ours with it.

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That's sweet. The turned wood is Cherry. What are the end caps made of?

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He actually had a close call yesterday and nearly cut the tip of his finger off. As it is, he sawed a short way into the bone and broke it in the process but they were able to save the finger (and tip I think).

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19 hours ago, Ian Coyle said:

He actually had a close call yesterday and nearly cut the tip of his finger off. As it is, he sawed a short way into the bone and broke it in the process but they were able to save the finger (and tip I think).

Yikes!

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On 2/9/2018 at 5:23 AM, Konas said:

That's sweet. The turned wood is Cherry. What are the end caps made of?

So he says the ends are cherry and and turned wood was cedar or something (memory failing me)

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And he is ok, didn’t lose the tip of the finger or anything. He’s got a nice splint on for now though

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