Of course, another great project and observations by Christopher Schwarz. And if anyone wants to get me his “new” old book for Christmas, I am not opposed.
Building a project in front of an audience is one thing. Designing it and building it on the fly is enough to drive me to drink.
Earlier this year I did a two-day seminar for the Alabama Woodworkers Guild where I designed and built a six-board chest. While I usually do a lot work beforehand for classes, I was in the final stages of editing “Campaign Furniture” and was a bit task-saturated. Here was my prep work for that class: I threw some boards and tools into my truck and drove south.
Luckily, I’ve built a lot of six-board chests, and the resulting piece turned out well. In fact, I like this particular chest so much that I’m using it in “Furniture of Necessity.” As a result, I had to create a SketchUp drawing and cutting list after building the project.
As I was drawing the chest yesterday, I was…
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