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by Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin


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Mise en place in Woodworking


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If you take a cooking class or watch a cooking show on television, likely at some point in time you will hear the term "mise en place." Clearly you will see it in action any time you see a professional cook or chef. Mise en place (pronounced meez en plass) is French for "everything in place." Great cooks have every ingredient and every tool out, ready, and in a convenient spot for use before they start the preparation of any food. For woodworkers mise en place might also be a cornerstone concept worth considering.

Next month we will delve into the concept of mise en place more deeply and see how it might make our shop time more efficient, our work better, and our whole experience a little more fun.

Starting next month, too, learn with me as I endeavor to install a whole-shop dust collection system… in the attic!


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Steven Johnson is retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life).

Steven can be reached directly via email at downtoearthwoodworks@me.com.



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