I’m pretty supportive of my church and they asked me to build a new storage closet and pantry. Part of me wanted to say, “I’m a woodworker – not a carpenter” but I did not say that and I agreed to build the desired closet and pantry.
However, I had to do a few things that said “Woodworker”. I needed some supports for the shelves in the pantry and decided to build a support frame using mortise and tenon joinery. How many carpenters would do that?
I installed some door stops to prevent a closet door from hitting the drywall when fully opened. I installed these custom door stops to the trim with a sliding dovetail. Underneath the dovetails (where no one can see) I put 2 big screws through the trim and into the framing. How many carpenters would do that?
Finally, I needed to install a shelf into the closet area and I built a frame with a long groove that I cut with my dado. The oak plywood used for the shelf set securely into the groove. How many carpenters would do that?
I have nothing against carpenters. They are great craftsmen in their own right but in my own subtle ways I needed to say to my church, “I’m a woodworker’.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.