Chest-like object has suffered a bit of neglect, to be sure, and for that there isn’t much of an excuse. Except for these two words: Family and Job. :-)
Where in the heck am I with this refurb? Last installment says I ‘completed’ the lower skirt, but what’s pictured includes a skirt that’s not yet permanently attached to the chest. Issue? Well, kinda. But that’s not what this installment is gonna cover. Instead of the base, I’ve moved to the middle of the chest to work the upper (or mid) skirtboards. So here we go.
The chest came with very little hardware: two handles, two hinges and a staple. (Per that fancy interweb, the ring of a hasp lock mechanism is called a staple. Who knew?) Well, because the upper (or middle) skirt needs to sit on or around ½” from the top edges of the chest walls, the staple is in the way. Sorry, but a couple of nipper cuts and it was no longer original equipment.
Went around and around re: the dimension of the middle skirt, but settled on what the donor material had to offer in context of some additional input from Carters Whittling and Chris Schwarz. (Narrow is the way to go for this band.) So the last of the blue board was measured, cut to width and thicknesses with the #6 (just to use something different) in prep for dovetailing and ultimate install as the bottom will be :-) .
Sounds boring, right? Well, smooth was not meant to be, as two events conspired to force deviation from the plan.
First was measurement. Because the chest itself is not exactly square at the corners or even flush at the faces, marking the baselines on the front pin board became an issue. What does ‘not square or flush’ mean? How about a picture…
Corrections done with the SW #18 block. CAUTION: Shameless tool porn ahead…
Dovetails for the corners went without a hitch, at first.
But only after the tail boards were cut and I got to final fitting of the front and two-side assy that the second problem hit me: the long, front piece was too long, and the side boards weren’t able to press tight at either of the front corners. So I took a page out of the original builder’s book and thinned the tail a bit.
This I’ll have to trim later.
With the fit challenge addressed, I moved on to cut the tail of the right, rear-side skirt piece. But instead of marking the tail and cutting material away from it, I remove the tail from the piece. So my plan to surround the upper part of the chest wasn’t going to happen, alas. So I marked the two sides and cut them each to length, then glued up what I had: a three-sided skirt.
It’s really okay, though, in that I would have had to dado away material where the surface-mounted hinges are and wasn’t looking forward to that at all. What it did force is the use of glue and clamps and seven screws, countersunk and driven from the inside of the chest for additional strength.
Now for the lid assy, starting with material choice: boxalder.
These are table extensions I paid $5 for at the sale the toolchest came from. It’s not pine, of course, but it’s clear, stable and very workable with hand tools. Cut it and it smells kinda sweet, although it has not red streaking. Anyway, on with jointing, then ripping and thicknessing.
A shot of dovetail layout…
then through the miracle of the internet, the top’s surround was done!
At this point I measured and cut and T&G’d four ‘sides’ for a center chest lid.
And I’m ready for the raised center panel. And my first choice is to press the former (crappy)bottom boards back into service.
Will it work? Tune in next time! Until then, thanks (as always) for looking!
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