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Misc. Shop Stuff #8: Common Chest Handles

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-10-2012 03:29 AM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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#1 posted 07-10-2012 03:50 AM

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

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#2 posted 07-10-2012 04:55 AM

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

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#3 posted 07-10-2012 09:20 AM

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.

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 11:09 AM

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

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 01:21 PM

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

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 05:28 PM

Andy has got it. Curious how that happens though.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 05:40 PM

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

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 07:26 PM

...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.

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 09:03 PM

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

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 09:17 PM

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

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#11 posted 07-10-2012 11:38 PM

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

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#12 posted 07-11-2012 12:11 AM

You’re just full of… ideas…

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

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#13 posted 07-11-2012 11:06 AM

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

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#14 posted 07-12-2012 02:39 AM

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

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#15 posted 07-12-2012 02:54 AM

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

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