Projects in Progress
Having acquired new skills with hand tools and machines, the Nine-month Comprehensive students have moved to their next project: to create a solid-wood case piece with drawers and doors. Currently they are going through an in-depth design process involving drawings, models, and full-scale mock-ups, as well as pertinent lectures on the necessary mechanics and strategies. Check back soon to see their progress.
I love my tools. As an assistant I lent a student my beloved Starrett four-inch square so he could accurately check his dovetails. Throughout the afternoon, I caught myself staring across the room, as if I expected him to toss my square on the floor when he was finished.
The Nine-month Comprehensive students will no doubt develop this same attachment, and what better way to cherish their tools than give them a beautiful home in a custom tool cabinet? This second project in the Nine-month Comprehensive is designed to give students familiarity with machine joinery and shaping skills for casework.
I looked at the clock and was appalled. How could something so small and simple be so arduously time-consuming? And how is it that a paper-thin gap could look so cavernous? An entire day dedicated to two tails and three pins.