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by Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin


This month:

A Pair of Very Pleasant Diversions

The Future of Woodworking — Part 2

Less Pleasant Diversions

Is Your Workshop Prepared for Disaster?



Very Pleasant Diversions

What do you get when winter is approaching and you mix one softhearted woodworker with a stray cat and her litter of kittens? The answer is a couple of days spent building, what became known around the down-to-earth woodworking shop as, "Catty Shack."

With room for Mom and kittens, "Catty Shack" will hopefully provide protection from the elements. The "shack" now rests on the front porch so that it soaks up the warming morning sun and so that its openings strategically face my windows. I like to watch the kittens play!




While I had plywood out and my router set for perfect-fitting dados, I decided to build a project that has been on the back burner for a while.

Like everyone I suppose, space in the down-to-earth shop is precious. A little additional storage without using any additional floor space was the motivation behind this four-drawer storage unit that sits on top of my drill press base. A short video showing some of the design considerations is now available on the Highland Woodworking YouTube site.

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