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Don Stephenson

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 05:21 PM

I’m with you there, Rick. Admittedly it was Anna White’s easy plans that got me interested in woodworking a couple of years ago, but it didn’t take long to discover that there were some serious flaws in the craftsmanship she was employing in her projects. That’s not to dismiss what she brings to the world of DIY woodworking… many people wouldn’t be doing anything with wood at all if it wasn’t for her and others like her. But my interest is definitely in creating much more lasting and sound pieces. Not to mention that I’d love nothing more than to make carpentry (specifically furniture-making) my full-time gig. Someday. Hopefully. So in the meantime, I intend to follow best practices and teach myself to do things the right way, even if it means it takes longer. And make more mistakes. And waste more wood.

FYI, this will be the first time I’ve utilized mortise & tenon joinery. And the first time I’ve used a dado stack on my table saw. I have a Powermatic mortiser, but still. This project is going to be a serious challenge none the less…

Did I mention I’m using all reclaimed barnwood to build it? I took down a barn built in 1901 and it’s all just sitting there waiting to be made into neat stuff…

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio,

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