Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 1, 2011.

Update #12

The School Boxes are Coming!


For those of you whom opted for a School Box reward, I turn your attention to my chronicle of their construction, starting today:

As always, thanks for your support and interest!

You Apprentice,

Rob Campbell

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    Eternal gratitude, access to the project updates, and the satisfaction of helping an artisan find his feet.

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    A handwritten thank you postcard sent to the address of your choice. A print of a photo from the project will be used.

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    A hand-printed silkscreened patch featuring project artwork. These reward gifts are kindly donated by crafty friends at

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    Your name or brief message stamped into my workbench as a reminder, for myself and all who see the bench over its lifetime, of the spirit of generosity and the importance of patronage. That should be a couple hundred years. This reward is available for all pledge levels above this, as well.

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    Dovetail Joint - I will be cutting at least a dovetail joint each day in an exercise suggested by Chris Schwarz (co-author of the new edition of Joiner and Cabinet Maker). You will receive a sample dovetail joint, numbered and dated. All will be photographed as an exhibit of progress.

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    A hand-printed custom-made canvas tool roll, perfect for your own handtools (screwdrivers, bike tools, whatever you like). Like the patches, these are screen printed by hand with project artwork and generously contributed by my friends at

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    Packing Box - The packing box is the first project detailed by Thomas the apprentice in the Joiner and Cabinetmaker. It is a small box used to protect books for their journey by carriage. The antique version of a cardboard moving box, this one will, rather than being thrown away or even recycled, instead last several lifetimes and be useful for anything you can think of to protect. Built of unfinished wood and without hinges, it is ideal for storing items for the long-term. Its designed to be nailed shut (pre-drilled nail holes and cut nails will be provided with it - just as in the case of Thomas's box), but hinges could easily be added. Each box will be pre-drilled to accept the cut nails, and ample nails to seal the box will be included, just as they were with Thomas's box.

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    School Box - The school box is a beautiful dovetailed box with wrought-iron strap-hinges, a lock, and a removable partition inside. The box was made for a wealthy young schoolboy to hold his books and the partition was for his "amusements" (marbles and tops) and snacks. It will be finished in your choice of milk paint colors or a plain linseed oil/varnish finish. This will become a family heirloom closely intertwined with not only the apprentice in The Joiner and Cabinetmaker, but also the story of your own apprentice.

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    Chest of Drawers - The Chest of Drawers is Thomas's final project before becoming a Journeyman. Simple yet beautiful in details. Unfortunately, this item will not ship well and will only be available for pickup at my shop, or local delivery.

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