Thursday, January 10, 2013

Something New

Who would have believed I could start with a board like this:

And end up with something like this?

Yesterday, I attended the certification classes for the woodshop in our resort. John went with me to the first session in the morning, even though he was certified two years ago. The second session was in the afternoon and requires participants to make the picture frame because of the many different tools we would use in its construction.

Nine people took part in the afternoon session. We used the oscillating drum sander

a couple of different table saws

the router

a cut-off saw

and the planer, jointer, drill press, band saw and scroll saw.

Most of these tools were new to me, but it was fun. And I felt so good about what I accomplished.

This is what it looked like at the end of the class. I had glued it together and strapped in place to dry.

Today, John and I went back to the shop and I sanded the finished frame. We also started work on a small foot rest.

It is really amazing what can be accomplished when you have the right tools and a little instruction.


  1. Way to is always nice and fun to do it yourself,looks beautiful.
    Can you do some shelves for me////

  2. How cool! Now I'm jealous.