Preparations for our upcoming house work is in full swing and has left me very little time to work in the wood shop so instead I offer this photo of what I consider my first woodworking project. I built stuff before this but that was all school projects or things that had full adult supervision. I built this typing table when I was 14. It was built from shop scraps and finished with stain and varnish. I have always been surprised how well the finish has held up over the 40 years since I built it.
Why did I build it? Well that’s a long story I’ll tell one day but the short version is that I had taken a typing class in the 8th grade and my father bought me a used manual typewriter. The height of my desk wasn’t right for typing so I measured a typing table at school I liked, went home and dug out some wood and a skill saw. A few cuts, some glue, nails and can of varnish and I had a table that I used for about twenty years as a typing table. These days it does duty as a hallway table. It’s not exactly fine furniture but it’s mine and I built it.
If you need me – I’ll be in the shop.