It has been a few months now since I began using my chest and I have made some small changes and upgrades. I will begin with one of the more recent upgrades which was to install two Blum Blumotion plungers to the front wall of my chest, so that when the lid (which is fairly heavy) is closed abruptly they absorb the impact. I happened to have these laying around from when I use to work for a professional kitchen cabinetry shop. It is actually a lot of fun just holding the lid about 6 inches from closed and letting it drop.
The other significant change I made was to the saw till. I removed it and made a till for my drawknives in it’s place. I am starting a process of making windsor chairs and I have accumulated a few drawknives that won’t fit in any of the sliding tills. I didn’t want to put the knives on the lid because I use them a lot and wanted them closer and easier to access. So since they replace the hand saws, I will probably make a till to hold the saws on the lid.
The till can hold up to 6 knives, so I still have room for two more.
The rest of the changes I made were simply which tools go in which till. So here are a few pictures of my chest filled with tools.
The top till holds my frequently used layout tools. block plane, drill and brace.
The middle till holds my spokeshaves, dowel plate and chisels. I currently do not have a full set of bench chisels, but when I do I will make a tool roll for them.
I am thinking about getting the Ashley Iles MKII Bench Chisels
If anyone has any comments about those chisels, or recommendations for other good bench chisels please let me know.
The bottom till holds my scorp, reamer, carving tools, and various other tools.
The bottom front of my chest has my drawknives, and hand planes. I also have my drill bits on the front wall.
The back of the chest is for moulding/joinery planes, but since I only have two currently I have bags of nails.
This is my carving tool roll I made that I keep in the bottom till.
That is how my chest is organized currently, though I still need to make the saw till on the lid and perhaps a few other things.
-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23