Author Archives: Ron Aylor

About Ron Aylor

Nothing profound here, really. Just the projects and the occasional random thought of a mostly self-taught unplugged woodworker. I'm retired, living in Lilburn, Georgia with my bride of 20-plus years. Originally from Virginia, I've been a bandsman in the US Army, a firefighter, a draftsman, and lastly, a funeral director. I love to build Colonial American furniture. Doing so unplugged and with minimal hand tools is a Communion of Saints, as I try to emulate the craftsmanship of the cabinetmakers of the past.

Back in the Shop

I would like to thank everyone for the prayers and kind words after the death of my father. Having found solace in the words of Robert Scott Holland, I ventured back into the shop the other day to continue work on my oak box.


Picking up where I had left off, I fitted the till parts and nailed the carcass together. I used some thin poplar for the till bottom and front. The lid is alder, which was resawn to a thickness of 3/8 of an inch.


Before resawing the alder lid, I carved a smaller version of the pattern from the front of the box. I think it turned out quite well.


I managed to cut and install poplar hinge cleats to the top before running out of daylight.


The top has a bead molded at the front edge and a bit of carving, punch work, and scallops at the sides.


When it stops raining, I’ll slather on a coat of boiled linseed oil and turpentine, and call this box complete!