Blast from the Past

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OK, first of all you’re going to have to blame Huff for this…LOL

These pics are some of the items I built back in the late 70’s early 80’s. I had a radial arm saw and worked out on the back patio. This is what got my career started. Started making things for family and friends and it never stopped. Someone would ask if I could make this or that, and I always said sure…I always loved the challenge of figuring out how to make something. I’ve been building ever since. Everything I made then was 90% knotty pine.
The TV cabinet was for my mom, built in about 77’ and she still uses it. (Bless her Heart)

Note the flip flops…aww, those were the days

The wine rack cabinets went behind the wall

I’ll add some more later.

I love it! Pure, unadulterated 70s. Just missing the wood wall paneling. LOL, you know how hard I worked to rip all that stuff out of my house? Haha.. No disrespect – that’s definitely some fine workmanship and you could have made a killing selling that stuff here in Long Island back in the day, but it had it’s day. :-) That beautiful display cabinet sure has stood the test of time.

Losing fingers since 1969


Cool projects. I had the habit of doing the same thing; if someone ask me if I could build it, I just said, sure………….Then I would go home and scratch my head and wonder how I was going to pull that off. LOL

I wish I had taken more pictures back then, but then again, we had to pay to have film processed so I was pretty stingy when it came to taking pictures.

I hope others will post some of their earlier work and tell us what inspired them.

Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing more pictures.

John @The Hufford Furniture Group

That puts you at about 40 years of experience…
Even back then you were talented.
It’s niece to see furniture from when I was born. I bet that TV in the picture was black and white.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thanks Brian,
I believe there is some of that wood paneling your talking about behind the TV. lol

Thanks lanwater, TV probably was B&W. I moved out when I was 17 and supported my girlfriend and her mom. I rented a house and worked out of the garage to pay the rent and bills. That was 37 years ago…

Thanks Huff, I’m sure you have your share of oldies as well. I have a whole shoe box full of old stuff. Maybe I’ll go through them some day and scan them into My Pictures so that I could post some of them.

Here is a table. I remember cutting the curved legs with a jig saw cutting from both sides half way through at a time. Sanded the heck out of them. lol


Flip flops look pretty professional. OSHA might get you for that!

Isn’t it fun to go through the old photos and reminisce? Another 35 years from now, people can go through their photos and be reminded of the wonderful particleboard furniture they assembled all by themselves. They will only be able to reminisce since all that furniture will be in landfills! Our styles may not always stand the test of time, but the quality of workmanship has made them keepers!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

I was close enough :) 37 is an impressive number. It is more impressive you started to make a living at 17. My son doesn’t even know what he wants to be yet (:

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

LWL that was funny!

Losing fingers since 1969


I see you also had a flare for curves instead of just straight lines. A jig saw……….now that had to be a real test of patience at both the cutting and sanding! LOL Great job though.

How long had you been woodworking when you tackled that one?

John @The Hufford Furniture Group

lanwater, “My son doesn’t even know what he wants to be yet”
Yea, it’s a different world out there to today.

Huff, I love anything with a curve. (Straight is boring)
I’m not sure how long, within the first couple of years.
Back in those days, well lets just say it’s harder for me to remember things.
(did you see the hippie hair)? LOL