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The drawers in the drill press stand are constructed using mortise and tenon joinery.

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The mortise and tenon joint is one of the strongest and most fundamental joints in furniture making. It consist a socket, or mortise, in one piece and a tongue shaped tenon on the other piece. The two fit together to make a really strong joint. Mortise and tenon joints can be visible and decorative, or hidden from view.

The heart of a workshop is the workbench. I built this one in 1994. It is made of Hardrock Maple, salvaged from cutting tables that were discarded when the company I was working for changed over to composite table tops. The door over the center cabinet area was damaged in the move to Statesboro in 2005. Since I was not able to do any  woodworking right away I put the workbench in storage, having no idea it would be 6 1/2 years before I would be able to make any serious sawdust. I brought it out of storage a couple of months ago and last weekend made a replacement door. Hopefully the new door will darken and match the rest of the workbench in time.