Building the Hive – workshop

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I repurposed a bright corner of my apartment as this pop-up workshop for about eight weeks. A rescued folding table sat in for a proper workbench, and spare chairs stood in for saw horses. Simple hand tools sufficed—tape measure, squares, small saws, clamps, screw drivers, hammer. My only power tool was a drill, and that was a star player. The hand saws, also key, did their jobs easily enough because almost all cuts were short cross cuts through 3⁄4 boards or 1⁄4 dowels. A jig saw would have made for quicker work with straighter edges, however, and a router would have added options to the design of the comb guides. These ambitions for power notwithstanding, the only tool sorely missed was a second pair of hands.