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Attempting to build a Proper Tool Chest

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Blog entry by LBH posted 06-24-2015 02:19 AM 2040 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

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.

Thanks for stopping by,

Luke

-- Disclaimer: Author does not warrant the accuracy of the comments in this post including spell'n and frammer. I'm just another Dufus on a forum.



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Tim Royal

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 02:31 AM

Nice bench! Post as a project! Looking forward to your blog

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 03:29 AM



Nice bench! Post as a project! Looking forward to your blog

- revrok


Thanks!
I’ll go through my library of images that I used when I documented the build on the Festool Owners Group. The thread got to be 500 posts and covered most every day of the 70+ build days.

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LBH

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#3 posted 06-24-2015 03:01 PM

I’m gonna need a lot of guidance as I bumble my way through this. I’ll be visiting the hand plane threads… frequently.

I lied about not making a dovetail. The Roubo end cap called for a “condor tail”. If you are a real Lumberjock you’d make one. Me…fail

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#4 posted 06-24-2015 04:21 PM

Luke come join the madness on the dream toolbox thread.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 04:25 PM

You did a fine job on that bench. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-24-2015 04:34 PM



You did a fine job on that bench. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Oh hell, Thanks!

Dream toolbox thread? Color me there. Is there a remedial section?

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LBH

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#7 posted 06-24-2015 04:37 PM

I will be watching many, many Paul Sellers videos.

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#8 posted 06-24-2015 05:38 PM

Call for Help #1
Planing figured wood.

I have the the following planes. My very good friend, a 65yr old retired Army Major (hereafter called The Major) gave me four Stanley planes that his uncle owned. 1940’s I think.
No. 2, No. 4, No. 5, and No.6 I sent them to Table Saw Tom to be flattened, then I purchased Veritas PM-V11 blades and breakers. I also have a LN low angle block, LN chisel plane, and a LN large router plane. I sharpen with using a Tormek or a couple water stones and a roller jig.

I am trying to plane the face of a 3” x 18” piece of quilted maple. I knew it would be a challenge. I sharpened the secondary bevel. on the No.4 and No.5 But I still get tear out. I can dial in the no. 5 so it’s almost there. But.
I went to the no 4. If if I adjust it fine I can only get a 1/4” shaving on one side or the other and I have streaks. As soon as I take it deep enough to get a full shaving the workpiece is ravaged.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I am not certain I have them share enough for figured wood. I’m going to look into DMT stones.
I am also considering a LN low angle jack No 5 with the high angle blade for figured wood. Will this help?
Earlier I posted the the low angle block seemed to work better. That’s strange.

I’m not sure I like the new blades. I think the 70 year old one might cut better.
Note the three different types of shavings.

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LBH

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#9 posted 06-24-2015 11:00 PM

I was about to order a LN dovetail saw. Then I watched Paul Sellers say “You don’t need a fancy new saw, just reclaim an old one!”

Off to eBay…. Search “Diston” spend $80. Decide I need a saw set. $25
Estimated time for me to remove all the teeth and re-cut them three times. One week.
Estimated time to build new handle three days. Estimated cost for babinga $15
Total: $120 and 10 days.
New Lie Neilsen Dovetail saw $125

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#10 posted 06-24-2015 11:07 PM

My go to is the Veritas saws… $69 and up and similar performance… Paul Sellers likes them too! :)... I think the Disston will be ultimately more satisfying, if more work. My problem with saws is learning a new sharpening and restoration skill… I will save money by restoring old chisels and hand planes and buy new saw… Maybe someday! See this http://lumberjocks.com/Brit/blog/series/4402 for a great tenon saw restoration by Brit. He also has some great tutorials on sharpening in another blog.

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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