I have embarked on a pretty important project and I guess it was worthy of blogging about. I’m not sure how many people will read this, but I’ll have it for myself to appreciate I guess. For the past five years i have been a high school teacher and track coach. This year i have returned to Graduate school to earn my masters degree in school administration. Since I have been back in college I have had a lot of time in the shop and it has been really enjoyable. The down side is that i have really misse teaching. Recently I was approached by a former student of mine that is now a senior in high school. Immanuel wanted to know if I would be his mentor on a woodworking project. How could I say no?
Immanuel had to complete a research project before he began and he chose to research Shaker furniture. I gave him some ideas and he really took off with it. He can already point out the characteristics and knows a little about basic finishing from his reading. Today I showed him around the shop and we sat down to plan the piece he will build. Immanuel decided that he really wanted to build a shaker aromire. I actually tried to talk him out of it by telling him that this would be far more than the 15 hours that was required of him, but he insisted. We drew up some plans and I showed him the difference in rails and styles and flat pannels versus raised ones so that he could make some decisions on what he wanted. We even found a pre-made Sketchup model that was really close to our design. What he went with was a cabinet with three lower drawers, all flush, and two flat pannel doors. We ordered our hardware from Lee Valley today as well. We decided to build the cabinet from pine, mainly becasue it is cheap and I have quite a bit that from a tree I had sawed a couple of years ago. I’m really lloking forward to teaching again, and hopefully Immanuel will enjoy the process as well.