I’ve never made much of anything I could call furniture. I’ve done finish carpentry work on my home with raised panels and the like. I’ve built cabinets in several areas. I’ve repaired and made new parts of tables, and I’ve done some veneer work. A table and a shelf. But never a piece of “furniture”.
I’ve wanted to do this for a while and decided I’d make a Roubo workbench, because I thought they are cool and I could see the advantage to having one while trying to hand plane on my Festool MFT/3’s. I have a bunch of Festool stuff, a drill press, and a new band saw. I do not have a jointer or a table saw. I’ve been getting by with the Festool track saw.
So, with a completed, but not yet flattened workbench I endeavor to build a Proper Tool Chest. I looked at some on FWW and a picture with tiger maple caught my eye. (See Below)
I am going to build it to fit on the Roubo shelf. I have to be careful not to make it too tall or the holdfasts will go through the top. I’m looking at 700mm w x 400mm h x 450mm d. (27”w 16” h x 18” h)
I will have one full width bottom drawer high enough(160mm) for my bench planes and six equally sized drawers in two groups of three on top.
Today I picked up a few planks of quilted maple for the fronts and hard maple for the drawer boxes. Keep in mind, I have never made a dovetail.
Cut a piece of Q Maple to side and sliced it in two on the band saw. Hadn’t done that before. Then I went about trying to smooth this 80mm x 400mm test front. My no4 produced a lot of tear out. It has a fancy new Veritas PVM-11 blade.
I got much better results with my LN low angle block plane.
I’m stumped because I thought a higher angle plane is better on figured wood. No matter, I will get it.
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