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For the last couple weeks, we were scrambling to get ready for Woodworking in America. Now, we’re scrambling to get all the in-house stories written, and the freelance stories in, edited and designed for the December issue, for which the binder read-through is this Thursday.

And I had to scramble to get the I Can Do That project completed in time for a photo shoot last Thursday. The shoot was supposed to be on Tuesday. I pushed it to Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, I begged our photographer for an hour of his time on Thursday. Early Thursday morning, I did a final touch-up to the finish, let it dry, then re-installed the hinges. I was fairly certain on Thursday morning we’d get the shoot done. But I wasn’t wiling to bet the farm.

Why? The entire build was a comedy of errors, complete with twins – well, that was the intent, anyway.

The project is a “gent’s chest” (a small tool chest meant to hold household tools such as screwdrivers, a hammer and the like) that I adapted from a little antique chest I borrowed from a friend.


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