Did I tell you how much I missed being in my shop?
Does this picture tell you how happy I was to get back into it?
After weeks of yard work, stitches, hurricane conferences and all sorts of other ‘issues’, I finally got some shop time yesterday. First, I had to get to the bench to clean it up. Things such as string trimmer spools, extension cords, hedge trimmer manuals (the one that instructed me NOT to put my fingers near the moving blades was fun to read) have this nasty habit of piling up on the bench if I don’t take care of them. Heck, I even had a plastic tub full of Easter decorations that still had to get put back in the attic.
While cleaning wasn’t what I had in mind, it did get me into the shop and back into the woodworking mindset. As the stuff was put away, more space became available for woodworking. Which is exactly what I need.
Soon after, I had found the things I was looking for. The four sides of the box I was working on. The veneered elm panel. The measurements I had jotted down for the box. It was almost like I had never left the shop.
I cut the veneered panels to fit the top and bottom and rabbeted the panel edges to fit the grooves I had machined back in April. The fit beautifully… better than I had imagined. And, it glued up nice and tight.
Now, I still have some more work to do on the box.. cutting some dovetail splines for the corners, cutting the lid free, sanding and finishing.. but, for now, it’s good to be back!