Back on the Chai road again

Finally got back to working on the Chai-Boy project. It is uncommon for me not to be excited or at least be happy about heading out to the shop. Usually, I head out to the shop at a near run (okay, okay, slow jog), but today, I felt totally uninspired. To boost my spirits I pulled out one of my new Arts & Crafts books, “In the Arts & Crafts Style” by Barbara Mayer. A good peruse will usually get the juices flowing, but no joy. Oh well, “hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I owe,” you know the rest.

Today, I got the rest of the shelves cut and notched. After I got the carcass put together, I got on the web and ordered a third arm from Woodcraft. I’ll need it when I attempt to do this again during the real glue-up.

Chai-boy dry fit with shelves

I don’t want my children to grow up any faster than necessary, but I am looking forward to the day when one of them will be able to really help me out in the shop. When home, my daughters are always popping in and out of the shop to say hi to “Abba” (Abba is the hebrew equivalent daddy) and make small talk. During those visits I try to teach them the names of the tools and ask for help with little things. I can only hope that one of them will want to play a bigger part in the shop with me some day.

WARNING: Rabbit trail ahead! One shabbos a couple of years ago, a member of my synagogue was asked to carry my middle daughter to me in the men’s section. The gentleman asked her, “What’s your father’s name?” She replied very matter of fact manner, “Abba!” After the chuckling subsided, she spotted me and my daughter was happily delivered.

Back on the track. After Shabbos, I guess I will cut out the pieces for the face frame, then start working on sizing the drawers.

Be well….


About yaakov

Husband, Abba, Furniture Maker, Turner, Bookseller, and all around working stiff.
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2 Responses to Back on the Chai road again

  1. paloarte says:

    i see accurate workmanship! you’re doing great job.

    btw, for rip saw my dad has made a pretty safe stick (actually it looks more like a long hold-down stick 🙂

    i can sense that you’re very safe with the table saw; just wanted to let you know, if you need a push stick like the one my dad uses on table saw, let me know and i’ll send you some diagrams of how he made it.


    i love the story in your blog—that is how your daughter answered “abba!” :)))

    shabad shalom


  2. yaakov says:

    I would love to see the design for the safe stick! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy you liked my “abba” story!

    Be well,


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