Tool chest update #3: Decisions, Decisions

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Blog entry by Dan Krager posted 06-17-2013 02:37 AM 1785 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would like this gull wing design so I spent a lot of time drawing it up. Now that it’s done and can be put next to the Gerstner style box design I created first, I’m just not sure. I lean towards the Gertsner style since that is what style I have already on a tier as my “best box”. The gull wing doors do not add anything but a lot of cool factor. I tried and tried to think of a way to make the traditional Gerstner style side panels with the diagonal hinge for the doors, but came up blank. What do you think?

Thanks for your input.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 04:57 AM

Other than your ability to use and the effort you put into the sketchup design and drawing, which is great; I’m not impressed with the utility of the chest for a woodworker’s tools. I can’t imagine what one would use the small portion of the door storage for. A gauge and marking knife and maybe tape or veneer rolls maybe. Don’t go to the trouble.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 11:45 AM

How are you planning on hinging your gullwing design?
That’s the first thing to pop into my head. Might it be a tad awkward to use. I lean towards he latter.
Storage is always useful.

-- Jhopewell, New Hampshire,

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Dan Krager

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 11:33 PM

The gull wing doors would be hinged with piano hinges. And this chest is exclusively for hand planes, a plane till. There are small planes such as shoulder planes, box planes, scrapers etc that do not fit well in a vertical plane till…hence the shelf. I have several chests in the works for other tools.
Thanks for the input!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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