January 1st — still at it: the first dovetails of the year get cut (three widths of a 7ft long wall-hung cabinet) and astonishingly a new challenge: I can’t stand the cabinet on end to lay out the pins from the tails, just not tall enough, and anyway there’s not enough height in my shop to stand on a ladder. So we learn how to cut things on the diagonal. It’s one of the things I like about woodworking, especially the bits I do by hand: no matter how much you learn or how many times you do something there is always a new challenge. And people complain about the constant learning curve involved in keeping up with constantly updated computer programs!