When Will ‘Day 4’ Occur?
Ah, Thursday – day four of a woodworking class. This is the day that most students hit a wall. They take naps at their benches. They sneak off to their cars to lie down. They disappear in the middle of the day and don’t return until the next morning.
All these things (and more – enough for a book) have happened to me on day four.
On day four of the tool chest class at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking, we are still pretending it is day three. It’s almost 7 p.m. and only one student has cashed in his chips (his family is here with small children, so he gets a pass).
I have to admit that this particular class – building “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” – attracts a particularly rabid style of woodworker. I’ve offered to help catch a couple students up using power tools, and they have all turned me down.
However, tomorrow might quickly become “day four.” We have to build the lid of the chest, and this seems to break people’s spirit. After days of dovetailing panels, a frame-and-panel construction messes with their heads. So stay tuned.
— Christopher Schwarz