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Here's My Woodworking!

by Butch Montgomery
Boise, ID

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I started woodworking in high school. I needed to select another class or my parents were going to make me take band for another year. All I remember about my first woodworking class was the teacher making us spend an entire week using hand planes to flatten and square one piece of wood. By the time I reached my senior year I was taking 3 hours of wood shop every day. My second year I convinced my instructor to let me build a roll top desk. My mom had always wanted one and they didn't have the financial wherewithal to buy one. We weren't supposed to be tackling such advanced projects and they did their best to discourage me but perseverance won out. It took me the entire school year to complete but it finally made its way to Mom's dining room and is still there today, 30 years later.

Today, for inspiration I mostly like to pay attention to what people around me say they are missing or would like to have, and then surprise them with the item later. Most of the ideas come from woodworking magazines or my local woodworking club members. Some of the projects are the direct result of an idea my wife has had and turned over to me to make happen. Recently, along with the dining table below, I built her a china hutch and redesigned the pantry in the kitchen for more storage space. I especially like that last one because I had to build a butcher block counter top out of plain 2x4s.

Dining Table - Base is laminated barn wood (pine) with a
mahogany cross brace and the top is 8/4 hickory
finished with oil based poly.

Jewelry Boxes - Made from Purple Heart.

You can email Butch at .

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