None of Your American Cowboy Tricks
One of my students in my tool chest class has no business being there.
He’s been a woodworking instructor in Denmark for 40 years and can teach me a few things. But his son Jonas asked him to come along to the class and so he did.
He’s been making great progress on his tool chest, naturally, but he has been doing it his way. Dovetails? Pins first. Saw? Bowsaw. Coping out the waste? Nope – chisel. And etc.
He and his son are great fun, and I wouldn’t dream of trying to get him to do things my way.
But on the third day when we were dovetailing the skirt around the carcase he told me: “Perhaps I will try one of your American cowboy tricks.”
He borrowed my rabbet plane and went to cut a shallow rabbet on the inside of his tail board.
For me, that was the best moment of the class so far.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. This will be my last video of the trip. My camera’s battery died and I don’t have a charger. Sorry!
• We’ve published two good books on designing and building workbenches: “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” and “The Workbench Design Book.” Both are available in our store.
• Roy Underhill’s tool chest from the June 2009 issue is pretty awesome. That issue can be downloaded from our store here.