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The clock tower in the Old Town Square in Prague.

When I joined the Popular Woodworking team I had 14 years of editing and publishing experience. My woodworking experience was a bit more lacking – let’s say… level zero. But, I was eager to learn and Megan knew it. She asked me what I wanted to build first. I think the first thing I told her was a grandfather clock. Only not just any grandfather clock – my clock was going to be an art piece that incorporated some different antique measurement tools with an astronomical clock face like the one on the clock tower in Prague.

She laughed at me.

“My wife wants a dining room table…” I said.

She raised an eyebrow, agreed it was a better place to start and recommended some smaller projects first – you know, to actually learn a few skills before building something big.

I settled upon a hall bench. But, I wanted my hall bench to incorporate a bunch of different joinery.


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