I’ve built blanket chests, cutting boards, small tables, and the like over the past few years, but like many, have become distracted by the usual responsibilities of life. Having three boys and a job in healthcare means long hours, busy weekends, and little time for ambitious grandiose projects. This all changed in March of 2020.
I work in health care and have never been in a position where I thought my job was ever in jeopardy. As the pandemic raged here in New York, we were put in lockdown, which meant no elective cases in the hospital. As an independent contractor in my industry (which until now had awarded me a better schedule and more freedom) it meant I was the first to be laid off.
Home now with my wife and kids (no school either), I was faced with long hours closed inside with nowhere to go and nothing to do. By the second week, I came to the realization that this was going to be a while, so I sought solace where I have in the past: my small basement shop.
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My Pandemic Project
I have been an avid woodworker for years, working on one project or another in my spare time.
Cutting Dovetails with Shaper Origin
It's all about precisely removing waste.
How did you get started woodworking? Who were your mentors?
Turning a Platter
Push your skills and create a showstopper.
Inspired by a striking statement piece.
What You Have
While I love designing and building new things out of wood, one of the most valuable skills I’ve picked up along the way is being able to take care of and repair furniture and woodwork.
Hone Your Skills Making Functional Storage
T-track is a versatile product that has many great uses around the shop.
The Unicorn Method
A simple sharpening technique for unbelievably sharp edges that are tough and long-lasting.
That One Project
I was about to make a desk for my son John’s bedroom and in my mind it was a beautiful thing: simple, sleek and with elegant proportions.