Tiny teak boxes! Both are about 1” in diameter. I was really excited to make these.

Eames Chair repair day at the shop. #eames

Laying out parts for the stand in some flitch-cut pecan. #letsmakeadresser

Heck yeah- all the dovetails for the case and drawers are finally cut and fit. 22 linear feet all together. I’m excited. #dovetails #letsmakeadresser

Test-fitting one of the drawer backs… #dovetails #letsmakeadresser

Chopping tails for drawer sides. Rainy mornings at the bench are the best. #dovetails #letsmakeadresser #starbys

Exciting wood score from Tuesday: two massive 12/4 flitch-cut slabs of pecan for an upcoming project. Stay tuned! #dininganddiscourse

This maple benchtop cleans up pretty nice. I will say this- despite earlier sad sack handwringing over, you know, Feelings and whatnot, it’s exciting to have what feels like a brand new bench here at the shop. I can’t wait to get back to work on it. #woodworking #lienielsen #exciting

Looks nice, feels weird. #sofancy

I wasn’t expecting to be Bench Flattening Day when I woke up this morning, but after three or four years of hard use, it’s time. I read somewhere that you’re not a real woodworker unless you re-flatten your bench like four times an hour.

Oh well, I guess I’m not a real woodworker. It’s not even really the process itself that I mind- I actually think it’s pretty fun. It just always makes me kind of sad to see the patina that gets built up over the course of making things- the dings and glue and finish and coffee stains- disappear. It’s a funny thing to set out to make things that will outlast every single person living today, but at the same time feel that you have no evidence of having made it.

Paring some pins. #dovetails #letsmakeadresser

Chopping shoulders on one of the drawer backs, 12x speed. Chop chop chop. #hyperlapse #letsmakeadresser #dovetails

Laying out pins for the backs of the drawers. #letsmakeadresser #dovetails #pinsfirst

Sent from my iPad. Quartersawn white oak, steel stringing.

Completed S. I know I’ve said it before, but I really love carving letters. #lettercarving #retablo #gothic