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I received a letter from Robin in Melbourne, Florida over the weekend, and wanted to share it with you.

Robin recently completed a version of the wall/tea cabinet from my first book, Made by Hand.

Great job on the cabinet Robin, and thanks again for sharing it with us~

Hi Tom,

I just finished the cabinet and thought you might like to see what I came up with. I used cherry for the door with the hope that it would work, and I think it does. I like the contrast. Had it not looked right, I figured I could easily try again. I had some tiger wood (I think that is the name of it) and so thought I’d try that for the small drawer. I think it looks kind of neat. For the drawer pulls, I used purple heart to pull the tiger wood drawer, and tiger wood to pull the purple heart drawer.

A lot was learned on this project. Apart from the lessons, I was hoping I could produce something that I would not be ashamed of. Although it is far from perfect, I feel I accomplished my goal.

I will admit to using my band saw to resaw the purple heart and tiger wood. That was not something I was ready to take on with just a hand saw. I was pleased when I saw the kerf plane and frame saw in your new book. That would have done the trick. I have just started building the saw horse, so will get to the kerf plane and frame saw after that.

As you have mentioned, this project was an exercise in dovetailing. That remains a skill I have yet to master. The dovetails on this cabinet are okay, but I have a long way to go. I look forward to the day when I can knock them out with little fear of failure.

Have a good day,
Robin