the joined chest project, part the next

back to the week that was…when we attempted to make 10 or 11 joined chests in no time at all. Knuckleheads. 

after all the riving and hewing; we hauled some of the stock into town to begin the task of planing it into boards. I’ll just bop the pictures in, then add whatever I can remember about it. Here’s Steven planing just like I showed him…



Roy was astounded at the amount of shavings produced by working green wood

shavings pile up

roy & shavings






One of our un-named students works in a pointy building on the east coast, and to help him out, Roy put up surveillance cameras throughout the classroom..

woodwright cam

A broom wouldn’t do it, so Roy got out a pitchfork…

roy & shavings 2 roy & shavings 3



Elia couldn’t stand the idea of sending those shavings to the landfill, so we piled them in his truck.

off they go


We did get further along eventually; chopping mortises, over & over & over again.


Then plowing grooves, cutting tenons, test-fitting. 






There was lots of documentation, 

it's horrible


until the last couple days, when I lost track of all – I spent 1/2 of the last 2 days with a checklist, “do you have all your muntin stock?” I never did get it all straight. it’s hard to keep track of 250 piece of oak that all look pretty much the same. 

Then one day Steven emerged from Ed’s store upstairs and everyone ran to his bench like it was Xmas morning – “whaddja get?” – so we had a show & tell…

xmas presents

Just another week at the Woodwright’s School…


For those keeping track, some spoons and things for sale tomorrow…including this new piece: 


spoon rack



6 thoughts on “the joined chest project, part the next

  1. Wow. Beautiful work.
    Just wanted to say thank you. I always look forward to your next post. Thanks for your generosity.

  2. Great one ! I like the pictures of Roy with the pitch fork. The carving and the woodwork beautiful. Tell Roy. To make. A ukulele.on One of his programs. Young. People are. Crazy for them now. They don’t know of tiny tim thank goodness.

  3. Hi Peter,

    Thanks again for such a great week! And for sticking around the extra day to help us on our ways toward completion!

    I still think the shavings should have gone to a worthy cause….like fueling a back woods still! But I guess back to nature works, too.


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