March 2020

March started out like a normal month, and deteriorated with the pandemic. I’m fortunate to be working at home, in my shop right behind the house. We do enjoy our isolation on this dirt road, especially walks through the woods.

We’ve had a few snows this month, nothing of note, but just enough to cover the gray, and muddy piles along the roads and our driveway.

However, spring is on the way here in Maine. The last few days have been a bit warmer and the snow is rapidly disappearing. Daffodils are sending up green shoots, and the early crocuses are out.

Thee was not too much going on in the shop. I made a lamp and a large wall mirror. the mirror was interesting, since all four edges were curved. Cutting two rabbets into the frame was a challenge. The first rabbet, to house the glass was no problem with a bearing bit. the second, much wider cut to accommodate the plywood back, required a special curved fence on the router table.

For the last few days I’ve been working on a new tool box, about 1/3 smaller than the present one. It takes a while to layout and plan the layout to maximize space and location of all the tools. Those tools not in use for the last few years will have to find a new home.

The box is made of soft maple, with asymmetrical doors. Interesting. Believe it or not, the various tool fixtures, hangers, shelves and drawers take much more time than the actual case and doors.

C. H. Becksvoort © 2020

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