My first DIY Project

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  1. jnbahwkins

    jnbahwkins Fire Worm

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    A big thanks goes out to my neighbor chuck for lending me a compound miter saw,sabre saw,table saw,jig saw,circular saw,scroll saw,brad nailer and a speed square.
    This is my first ever major wood project other than building simple speaker boxes.
    I did this 99.9% myself And i am Proud of it.
    May add door handles and door decorations.
    Let me know what you think..
    will try to get a better picture of it today,this picture dont do it justice.its the lighting i think.

    http://www.3reef.com/cgi-bin/album.pl?photo=jnbahwkins/DSCF0192.JPG
     
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  3. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Very nice, So when are you coming over to help build my next stand. I would have guessed it was done by a pro.

    BTW here it is for those
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    J
     
  4. hoodoo

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    wow, looks absolutely great
     
  5. jnbahwkins

    jnbahwkins Fire Worm

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    Jason Mckenzie,You are way to far away and thanx,to you too HOODOO.Now to work on a matching canopy.
     
  6. seawillow

    seawillow Coral Banded Shrimp

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    wow...very nice!!! Looks very professional!
     
  7. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Outstanding!
    How long did that take? :eek:
     
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  9. jnbahwkins

    jnbahwkins Fire Worm

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    Took 8 days.total hours i would say 55 to 60.
    The single most time consuming part was notching out the 4x4's for the corner posts that took me like 4 hours from cutting the 4x4's to length then notching.2 of the cuts for each notch were simlple(side cuts).I just set the table saw to the correct depth and the side bar to the width of a 2x4.now cutting down into the top of the 4x4 was a pain.tried a jigsaw,hacksaw and a scrollsaw,was at a loss,then i spotted a sabre saw in my neighbors basement.clamped the 4x4 one by one into a craftsman work bench then sat on top of the 4x4 and made the cuts.it was a little unerving pulling that saw towards me.
    in all reality you can cut a house in half with the thing would take about 2 to 3 hours but could be done
     
  10. jnbahwkins

    jnbahwkins Fire Worm

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    Oh Ya,,and it only cost me about 85 dollars to build and looks as good if not better than the one i was looking at in my LFS that wanted 500 dollars for it
     
  11. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    Ah yes, DIY is always cheaper than LFS prices. (If you don't have to go to the store too many times, eh?)
     
  12. Matt Rogers

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    Amazing John. You are great with the saw.