The best part of building a piece of furniture is putting the first touch of finish on the piece. The wood bursts into life. The richness of the grain pops, and all of the work becomes worthwhile.
The second best time in building a piece is signing it. Partly because carving is fun, and the results are immediate. But mostly because it means we’re almost done. I do this right before final assembly. The only things left to do are to sand and finish the piece. It’s been a challenging piece to build, and it’s been fun. Now it’s time to move on.