While on vacation over the past week, I’ve had some time to think about some of the next steps ahead on my Traveling Anarchist’s tool chest: attach dust skirt and fit lid/hinges, build and customize saw till, tool drawers and finish.
The majority of that is fairly old hat at this point. Meaning taking the first leap on a new and challenging project is usually the hardest part. Having the basic skills and tools is really all you need to progressively take on bigger challenges as a woodworker. But what has become more evident on a project of this kind is not necessarily about cutting 70+ precise dovetails by hand.
It is more about how the previous step progressively influences the outcome of future steps. Precision and accuracy of the carcass drives how much easier it is to fit the skirts. And then the lid, and the drawers, etc. I’ve learned that taking particular care around carefully measured cuts and fit will drive how much of a challenge you will face on the next step, when you get back from vacation.
Funny how much easier it was to figure that away from the shop.