When I left off the chest was built and ready for the tool storage inside. After giving tool storage some thought I decided on having 3 sliding tills, rear moulding plane storage, front saw till, and tool rolls hanging on the front wall. Nothing really new, but I think my tool roll idea is.
When trying to come up with ways to store drill bits and/or chisels on the front wall of my chest I came up with an idea involving canvas tool rolls.
What I have is nails driving into the front wall of the chest every 3”. Then I made tool rolls for auger bits and twist bits with holes every 3”. Now I can hang my drills where I have easy access, but I can also take the rolls off the wall and roll them up for storage.
Once I get a full set of bench chisels I will make a roll for them as well, so I can have quick access to them. Being able to quickly and conveniently move tools on and off the front wall makes the chest a lot more user friendly. If I am doing a project involving a lot of drilling (ex. windsor chairs) then I can have my augers accessible. If I am doing cabinet work I can have my bench chisels accessible.
I also made a tool roll for my carving gouges, but I did not make holes to hang it up (whenever I carve I prefer to have the tool roll on the bench in front of me anyways).
Of course this idea can be used to hold all sorts of other tools as well. I think you could also have tool rolls on the inside of the lid, as long as they were held on by nails at both ends of the roll to keep it from folding.
I think the only downside to this storage idea is that you have to know how to sew, or know someone that will do it for you.
With the front wall of the chest sorted out I began making the sliding tills. The top two tills are about 2 3/4” deep and the bottom is 4 1/4”. They are all about 9” wide. The sides are 1/2” thick with 1/4” thick oak bottoms on the top two tills and 1/2” bottom on the lower till.
I would have posted pictures of the drawer construction, but my computer was refreshed and all the pictures are gone. But here is what the finished tills look like in the chest.
The bottom of each till is made from two pieces of white oak with a ship lap joint in the middle to allow for wood movement. The bottoms are nailed on.
At the bottom rear of the chest I have a space for moulding/joinery planes.
And at the front I have a saw till for three hand saws.
For now at least, that is all there is to the tool storage inside my chest. Once I get a tenon and carcase saw I will make a space in the front right of the saw till to hold them. I also plan on storing a framing square, turning saw, and perhaps drawknives on the inside of the lid. That is why the top till is 1 3/4” lower than the top edge of the chest, to allow for tools hanging on the lid. When those changes are made to the chest I will write about them. But for now the chest is done and ready to be filled with tools.
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