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Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.

Building a Desk – Part 5

As mentioned earlier, I founded the design for my desk upon a desk that Darrell Peart built.  My desk differs in many ways, but it still requires a support structure for those legs.  The design does not permit some of […]

Mortise Pal

My desk has a lot of mortise and tenon joints.  I tried mortising with my drill press and regular drill bit, but that was tedious and not too satisfying.  After looking around on the web, I discovered a product call […]

Building a Desk – Part 4

The desk finally stood on its own for the first time when I had all the major mortise and tenon work completed.  Only the pieces around the top of the desk are finished, but it was fun to see it […]

Wabbits and Wrenches

During the fall and winter of ’72, I worked as a roustabout in the oil fields of Gillette, Wyoming.  I found myself without work in the southwest corner of the state, and a friend persuaded me to consider working in […]

Purple Mallet From Scraps

For quite some time I have been aware of the fact that I did not have a wooden mallet that I could use to pound on the chisels as I cleaned out the mortises.  Months ago, I had glued up […]