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Tool chest James Moon Concord, NC

Ever get tired of trying to fit your woodworking into odd moments—the half-hour segments between mowing the lawn and taking the kids to soccer games? James Moon has found the perfect solution: The North Carolina obstetrician squeezes his woodworking in between delivering babies. "It works out really well/' he notes, "especially with long labors. I live close to the hospital, so after a patient is situated, if things are going slowly I'll pop over to the shop and fiddle around for a few hours."

You may remember Moon's Boston bombé secretary from our 1995 competition. This year's winning walnut and cherry chest house* his 200-plus handmade and antique tools—ail concealed inside carefully dovetailed drawers. The upper lid opens to a wide, shallow top compartment; the lower lid gives access to several tills, trays and wells on the bottom.

Moon resawed all the figured walnut veneer himself. He made the satin wood and ebony banding and the crescent moons. After carving his name and date into the inside upper lid, he wiped on a coat of Danish oil and sprayed the lacquer finish.

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Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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