Reader Gary Radice of Corvallis, Oregon, has been busy fabricating. His narrative is indented:
Quarantine hasn’t changed my life that much. Since I retired 5 years ago I have spent 4-6 hours most days in my garage woodworking shop and I continue to do so. The shop has antique American machines made from the 1920’s to the 1970’s that I’ve restored. Two of the machines are quite rare with only two or three known to still exist, which is fun. The workbench I made from European beech from Germany and some local Oregon big leaf maple and Oregon white oak, milled by a friend nearby. The vise is an antique from the 1930’s.
My goal is to make all the furniture in my house. I’m about 60% there.
Here is a recent project. It is a Japanese style andon or lantern, made as a lamp. Designed by someone else but made by me in cherry with butternut panels for the Japanese mulberry paper panels. All interlocking joinery. No glue or metal fasteners. I’m a bit worried about Sky, our Siamese, tearing up the paper if she sees a bug inside but so far so good.