LumberJocks

Misc. Shop Stuff #8: Common Chest Handles

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 746 days ago 1595 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: (SW) Dumb Luck Part 8 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 9: Pulling an Iron Into Shape »

Working on a chest refurb, and pretty much the fanciest thing remaining on the old thing were the side handles.

I’d not seen anything like them before, but now a second pair appeared on a trunk in a nearby antique shop.

Wierd. No, I didn’t buy the chest. Nice, but not $465-nice…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



26 comments so far

View lysdexic's profile

lysdexic

4779 posts in 1222 days


#1 posted 746 days ago

Did the other Chest have any similarities either structural or cosmetic to make you think they are related?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

View pdegreyt's profile

pdegreyt

66 posts in 747 days


#2 posted 746 days ago

Here is a helpful hint to remove the rust on those handles of the top picture try using vinegar, let it soak in vinegar for a day clean of the rust with a steel brush and gone is the rust. It’s a trick learned when I made amour. looks like a fun project

View Brit's profile

Brit

5107 posts in 1442 days


#3 posted 746 days ago

Sound a bit like London buses Smitty. You wait an hour, then two come along at once.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile

Smitty_Cabinetshop

9588 posts in 1218 days


#4 posted 746 days ago

Hand cut dovetails was it, re: similarities. It was a barrel-top trunk, about three times larger than my piece, no skirting, and a simple strip under the the front and back edge made rummers that touched the ground.

Second generation morticed hinges, not like mine at all. I did like the barrel – style lid.

Handles simply do not come off without destryoying them, so the surface rust stays for now. I can dress them up with a green pad or steel wool, though.

Has to be like that, Andy. Especially so because I’ve not attention to such things before now…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4089 posts in 1456 days


#5 posted 746 days ago

Smitty

If they could talk.

The stories they could tell.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

View AnthonyReed's profile

AnthonyReed

4379 posts in 1039 days


#6 posted 746 days ago

Andy has got it. Curious how that happens though.

-- ~Tony

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile

Smitty_Cabinetshop

9588 posts in 1218 days


#7 posted 746 days ago

Jamie, those would be stories. The good part about the one I have is, it’ll have a useful life in a shop now vs. the static display mode it otherwise may have been facing. Whatever tweeks and mods I have to do to get it there, ultimately it’s a good thing to me that is once again has real purpose.

Tony – it’s all in what we’re on the lookout for! :-) Like editing text, watching traffic go by, or scrutinizing the fit of a joint, or sawing a line. There’s the act of seeing something, then there’s actually looking at it…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View Brit's profile

Brit

5107 posts in 1442 days


#8 posted 745 days ago

...and so say all of us Smitty!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4089 posts in 1456 days


#9 posted 745 days ago

Smitty

Sorry it took so long it was buried under a pile

of wood. :)

It is in worse shape than I remembered, the skirting

is missing . The graffiti was me at 17, heading out to

Africa. Also I made a mistake it was my Great Grandfaithers

my Faither told me.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile

Smitty_Cabinetshop

9588 posts in 1218 days


#10 posted 745 days ago

Oh, Wow! Excellent!

Looks like the lower skirt has been missing awhile (since before your stencil job! :-) )

That lid looks incredible from the side. It is an inset panel that’s flush on top, w/ an inset underneath by chance? You know I’m still coming up with the style of my lid, and will gladly steal ideas…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View lysdexic's profile

lysdexic

4779 posts in 1222 days


#11 posted 745 days ago

If I was coming up with a new lid de novo – this is what I would do.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile

Smitty_Cabinetshop

9588 posts in 1218 days


#12 posted 745 days ago

You’re just full of… ideas…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

View Jamie Speirs's profile

Jamie Speirs

4089 posts in 1456 days


#13 posted 745 days ago

I never noticed the skirting missing before

The iron bar on the top was broken when

it fell off a railway wagon.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

View Dave's profile

Dave

11142 posts in 1439 days


#14 posted 744 days ago

Smitty when you start looking strange things appear. Thats why I hold on the tools missing parts. You never know.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

View lysdexic's profile

lysdexic

4779 posts in 1222 days


#15 posted 744 days ago

Dave, you know that might just be the most valuable aspect of this site. Interacting with fine people like yourself and discussing vintage tools has opened my eyes the a universe / subculture that I never knew existed. I am enamored by the beauty of it all. I have learned so much here.

I see beauty in unassuming, humble hand tools that I did not see. That was before I learned what to look for. Now I see.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

showing 1 through 15 of 26 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase