Made it home safe and sound. Always great to get away and have a good vacation – but also so very nice to be home.
The last day in class was such a good time. Someone asked Frank to talk a bit about his life in Hungary and his ventures to the US. Frank essentially gave us a two hour talk on history and it’s a talk I very much enjoyed. Frank is a genuinely nice man who has a lot to teach besides woodworking. He spoke in great detail about his apprenticeship and how it worked in Hungary, his time in the communist army, his living arrangements when he first got married, his search for work (did you know he was a butler?), his desire to leave Hungary, his time in Austria and his eventual coming to America. I daresay I would not do it justice trying to recap it here. Suffice it to say, the living history lesson was as interesting as the woodworking. This is one class I will not soon forget.
As always the last day of any class is used to tie up loose ends and to touch on some oddball questions that people are just curious about.
As for the box – we spent a bit of time on the tray. It’s difficult to actually do the tray until you get the lining done, and it’s difficult to do the lining until you get the finish done.
Here is what we are looking for in the tray.
Using contrasting wood with a spline material that matches your exterior box looks really cool. The spline cuts are made with a hand saw and the kerfs are made as if you were cutting dovetails.
The neat thing with doing the cuts this way – if you use the same wood for the tray as you do the exterior – make these cuts then fill the cuts with the same material – it looks like you have cut miniature dovetails! It would take another woodworker looking very closely to know that they are not real dovetails.
Well – I’m just about worn out from the drive so I’m going to cut this short. I’ll blog some more as I finish my box.
Finally, and for fear of beating that dead horse to death – if you ever get a chance to take a class with Frank – jump on it! Likewise for taking a class at Kelly Mehler’s school. Kelly runs a first class school.
Happy woodworking. Thanks for reading.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine