Dutch Tool Chest #6: Adding a Double-u on the Lid

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 492 days ago 3605 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Warning: The letter W makes a lot of appearances in this post. If, for some reason you don’t like Ws, then just move along.

I knew I wanted to add something decorative to the tool chest and my first thoughts were either a logo of some sort or a fancy word in ancient Greek or Latin (I’m a nerd like that). Since I don’t have a logo yet, I ruled that option out. I came up with a couple of Greek or Latin words that I thought might be neat, but decided that would be too much effort. Instead I settled for a W, which could stand for my last initial, or wood(working), or Wunderbar, or who knows?

So, once I found a W that I liked, I enlarged it in Illustrator, made it an outline, then printed it. I attached the paper W to the lid with a little spray adhesive and then traced it with my marking knife. Here’s the indention with the knife:

Then I took a chisel and scraped off the layer of paint that fell in between the lines:

And we’re done:

I knew I wanted to paint it, and so I painted it orange. A couple of issues, since my chiseling wasn’t consistent, the painted W looked like crap. Plus I didn’t like the shade of orange that I used. I didn’t even like it enough to snap a photo of it.

I decided to go back and relieve more of the W with my chisel in a consistent fashion. I was aiming for it to resemble the type of carving you’d find in an old woodcut. I never carve, but I think I achieved what I was going for.

So, I painted that a darker shade of orange:

And here’s the complete tool chest with the W:

The only downside is if I have my lid open and someone approaches from the backside of the tool chest, they might think it’s an M.

I know I like the W, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with it. Maybe it will get better with age, who knows?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 492 days ago

I think its cool! Nice work.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 492 days ago

I’m totally offended by the rampant use of dubyas in this post… Cheez…

^ Ditto, Mauricio: +1 to Nice and +1 to Cool.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 492 days ago

I like it Brandon, i even liked the mispainted one with just hints of orange at the edges. I think in time, it will fade and you’ll come to love that old school look. It just needs some dents and ding from being pulled around the shop. Time will take care of that for ya.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 492 days ago

Shane, I almost just left it with only the hints of orange, but then I got the urge for more paint. Perhaps I heard Smitty’s voice in my head or something. Perhaps I’ll get some real carving tools and attack it again.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 492 days ago

Well done, I like it.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#6 posted 491 days ago

Thats a good looking W. If it were me I’d trim out the cut edge of the W in a very thin gold paint. Actually I would farm it out to someone that could paint an edge.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 491 days ago

Very cool. Nice blog series!

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#8 posted 491 days ago

Great build and a great blog!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#9 posted 489 days ago

I love it!!!! And you have finally got me off the fence as far as painting my tool chest.

Or have you?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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