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A Little Woodworking and a lot of Asheville

It is official: my wife and I want to retire in Asheville, North Carolina. Our six-day visit there was exceptional; a wonderful mix of nature, food (and craft beer) and visiting sites like the Biltmore Estate. I also explored woodworking: I met with two nationally known woodworkers as well as visited craft fairs which featured extremely well designed and executed furniture as well as boxes, bowls, spoons, etc. And we did not get everything accomplished while we were there, so we’ll be back. FIRST, LETS COVER SOME WOODWORKING – I reached a gigantic milestone with the window seat bookcase; it is completely glued-up. Getting to this point caused great gnashing of teeth. I was concerned mostly that the seat would not fit correctly. As designed, the seat fits flush to the sides and the front edge of the bookcase. There is also a portion of the seat which fits between the inside edge of the two outer rear legs (why did my design have to be so complicated?). It fit prior to glue-up, but what about …

A Crazy Week and Some Progress on the Bookcase

Today is June 30th which is my self-imposed deadline for the Window Seat Bookcase project. Guess what? I’m not finished with it. But I’m close. Last week, my woodworking was displaced by some life issues. I now join other woodworkers who write about having trouble fitting woodworking into their schedule. Life gets in the way and woodworking has to take a back seat. Life has been front and center over the past few days, but I am happy to say I have made at least a little progress on the bookase. I had an unfortunate thing happen on Father’s Day; a day which was going to be all about woodworking. But, Sunday morning, while mowing the yard, I inadvertently ran over a yellow jacket nest. The pain was excruciating. Once I realized I was being stung by them, I escaped to our screen porch where I counted eight sting sites; mostly concentrated on my left ankle and right leg. The next four days were a combination of pain and itching, and little sleep. I wore …