Hi, I’m Drake Daggett, and welcome! A bit about me…

I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. I graduated from the high school where my folks and my grandpa went. After high school, I joined the United States Air Force, attending the United States Air Force Academy for 4 years. I earned a BS in Chemistry. I went on active duty in 1990 and retired in 2010. Along the way I collected a bunch (volumes, really) of wood working books, tools, etc. The Air Force taught me that there is a ‘right’ tool for every job, and that every tool needs a home. Tool accountability is a big deal in the Air Force. A misplaced socket in the bomb bay is Not A Good Thing (true story. An F-117 was at the end of the runway doing the last preflight checks before takeoff. Part of the check was to make sure the bomb bay doors were operational. When the pilot opened them, a socket fell out).

I collected tools, bits, pieces, blades, etc, but I had no vision. I was just buying with no plan. What a rookie move, right?

Now I’ve got a plan and a vision. I’ve given myself 500 square feet in my garage, and I’m going to turn it into a temple of woodworking. I’m slowly going through everything, sorting and organizing and making my space more efficient.

One of the things I’m stressing right now is the concept that everything has a home. Where is the home for dirty laundry? In the hamper. Where is the home for trash? In the trash can. Tools go into the tool box. My grandpa had a saying…If you put everything back where you found it, then you’ll always know where it is. I’m taking that concept and making it work in the shop.

I’m also exploring the theme of functional beauty. I think Albert Einstein said to make things as simple as possible, but not too simple. To me, that is the pinnacle of functional beauty. When an object serves the purpose for which it was designed, and does it well, and doesn’t do anything else, that is functional beauty. I try to keep that principle in mind when I’m designing a tool box or a piece of furniture or a garden trellis. Simple is beautiful.