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Here's My Woodworking!

by Thomas E. Jones

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I have always loved anything made of wood and enjoyed working with wood. I started to read all the wood magazines I could find and watching videos on the internet to learn every thing I could about woodworking. I then joined the local woodworking club and met other people interested in the same thing. My father was my first inspiration. I have a gun cabinet that he made for me before he died. He would let my brother and me use his bandsaw and we broke several blades on it trying to make things. He never got upset about us breaking blades and now that I know more about bandsaws and the cost of blades it makes me appreciate him even more.

I made the rocking horse below from wood I got from a member of the Woodcrafters Club of Tampa where I am also a member. I am fairly new to woodworking and this was the first time I have tried to make anything like this. It is made of Maple and Wallba wood for the horse. The rockers are made of Cherry wood I got at a International Wood Collectors Society meeting.

I have worked on several projects since the rocking horse. I made a platform bed for a neighbor. I am building a wall unit in our house and making doors for another set of cabinets in our dining room.

My most current project is to make Urns for indigent Veterans. I have approached the members of the Woodcrafters Club of Tampa and the St Petersburg woodworking club to help. We now have several members making urns for the indigent Veterans. I got interested in this project after hearing a story on TV about them finding a Veteran buried in a cardboard box. I am working with my brother-in-law Jim Orndoff who is associated with the VFW and he works for a funeral home. After discussing this problem with him we came up with the idea to get the woodworkers to make urns for these Veterans.

I have built several end tables, some of which I have sold at craft fairs:

Below is a tray I designed and made:

I also made several tree swings that I sold and I have one hanging on our oak tree in the back yard. I made a glider from an article in Wood Magazine. It is on our deck which I built.

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