After my gruesome dovetails of the day before (no, I don’t have any photos), I hoped I was done with disasters for the week in the class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
Then my wife called.
We needed to ship out 18 boxes of books on a truck on Friday morning. The boxes were too heavy for her to move. I was in Indianapolis. She was in Northern Kentucky. So after class I got in the car and made the 90-mile drive home to move 500 pounds of books up from the basement.
As I was moving these boxes, I remembered something that made my bowels loosen a tad.
As soon as I finished the class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, I had to scoot down to North Carolina to shoot two episodes of “The Woodwright’s Shop” with Roy Underhill (and then teach for three days).
And yikes, I hadn’t prepared the stock for the show.
On the show we’re building the same English Layout Square we’re building in the class. But the students had used up all the parts prepared for the class. So I went to my shop and checked my wood rack. Things looked mighty bare, and I turned my eye to a walnut cabinet I’m building. All the beautiful walnut drawer front stock for the cabinet was siting there. I could use that, I thought, but then I’d be behind on the cabinet.
Then I saw something out of the corner of my eye at the top of the lumber rack. I reached up to get it. It was smooth stock. I pulled it down. Lo and behold, it was eight pieces of beautiful quartersawn walnut I had prepared for a demonstration on building the English Layout Square many months ago.
I was all ready for the show.
So I went upstairs and visited with my wife for a few minutes before heading back to Indianapolis. I never get lucky like that. Perhaps I’m being cosmically rewarded for fessing up about my sloppy joint to the entire world.
— Christopher Schwarz
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