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Congratulations (and belated good wishes) to Ralph S. Wilkes, who in April celebrated his 100th birthday. Mr. Wilkes wrote for Popular Woodworking (and other woodworking magazines) in the mid-1990s, after retiring from Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y., where for 35 years he was a business manager and treasurer. He now lives in Canandaigua, N.Y., and still likes to talk woodworking. I’ve posted a free, downloadable PDF of one of his articles, “Scrolled Coffee Table,” below for your reading enjoyment (I’m sorry we no longer have the “pull-out plans” for the scrolled cutouts).

Click here for the PDF of the Scrolled Coffee Table

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • Steve Shanesy

    Ralph, so nice to hear after all these years that you continue to do well. Congratulations on reaching this remarkable milestone. Have all the cake you want!

    Many happy returns.


  • Brentpmed

    Congratulations! Mr. Wilkes, may your chisels be sharp, your plane soles flat and your saws cut true. I wish for many more years of shop time for you.

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