He really adapted well to the shop. He shows respect, but not fear for the spinning blades. He’s now ripped and cross-cutted a number of boards.
After hand planing, using the thickness planer, and cutting the boards to size, we had the basic curly maple box pieces made
After introducing hand tools on maple, he became a big fan of cherry. We had a long board that was bowed. He got a big dose of the fore plane to flatten that bow. It actually worked!
Although he is doing the vast majority of the cuts, making rabbets, sanding, etc., I did res-aw a piece of these cherry board so we could have the 1/2 think pieces for the top and the thinner trim pieces. I found re-sawing a skill that i’ve mastered over time—he can tackle that one sometime later.
Tonight we glue up the top, and chisel out the mortises in the box for the inserted compartments inside the chest.
-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson