A till for all seasons

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemmingway If I have learned nothing else in building the schoolbox from The Joiner and Cabinet Maker it is this; that no matter how much I may think I know, there are always…

the cove

I’m mostly set on how I’m going to let the till into the schoolbox, but before doing so I decided to take a break and try my hand at the lid moulding. Young Thomas chamfers the moulding. That seemed like it wouldn’t compliment the bottom however, and so my immediate thought was to repeat the…

you know where this is going…

Over lunchtime on Monday I was able to knock out the joinery on the till. I still needed to fix the rails inside the schoolbox, but it’s pretty obvious I took a page out of the Anarchist’s playbook on this one and intended the till to slide from side to side. This, in theory, gives immediate…

…his hand in the till

I’ve been thinking a great deal about the till situation for the schoolbox. Overthinking, really, but I believe I’ve come up with a plan that will stay true to the original purpose and yet function in a way that I find more useful. I haven’t had time to work on it much today, so I…

a bit of frivolity

In building the school box, I wanted to stick close enough to the plans to learn the lessons therein, but also not constrain myself too closely to the particulars. I think this is fitting to the spirit of the thing. As Thomas builds, he builds by eye and to taste, and as long as the…

customer service in the age of none

I ordered this album on vinyl from Amazon.com on Feb 3. On Feb 27 they sent me an email that the order would be delayed indefinitely and wanted me to continue the order. When I discontinued the order they changed it into a digital download and charged me for that. I realize that vinyl records…

striking out on my own

In the plans for the school box it is pretty clear that young Thomas knows what he’s doing when he trims out the box. The trim is simple and mitred, but he understands the fragility of a 90 degree angle and accordingly knocks the edge back with a decent chamfer both to protect and decorate…

Thank you

Several months ago when Joshua Klein first contacted me about joining the editorial team for Mortise and Tenon Magazine I was excited, but I could never have imagined the thrill of opening the magazine and seeing my name on the mast head. I also did not anticipate the feeling of gratitude that would be in my heart…

The Apprentice’s Schoolbox

My order history with Lost Art Press says that I placed an order for one hardbound copy of The Anarchist’s Tool Chest on March 12, 2015. It arrived just a few short days later and was devoured just a few short days after that. (Metaphorically, of course. I don’t eat books. My apologies if you…