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Tool Chest Refurb #6: Okay, This Time it's All About the Lid...

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 728 days ago 1323 reads 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Everything Below the Lid Part 6 of Tool Chest Refurb series Part 7: Chest needs a lid, and now it has one... »

Where are we? Oh, yeah. There’s a top skirt (not glued):

And the frame part of the frame and panel:

With the idea (stupid, perhaps) to use the old, original bottom boards for the panel.

Jointed, with biscuits to glue, and work can go on.

A problem becomes apparent when clean-up begins. A crack (or craic), that is more like a split, but not good in either sense.

With the intervention of my LJ pals, I chose the right path and split the board, then glued up the piece to address the flaw.

With the panel glued up and cleaned up, now is the time to cut grooves on the edges of the floating panel so it could go in the frame assembly. For that I used my shaper. Because the floating panel had a little bit of a bow to it, I put a shim across the top of the shaper to keep the panel pressed to the shaper top as it travelled through the cut.

I waxed the bottom that shim, btw, so material would slide easily throgh the cut. Here’s a picture of a piece of scrap that I ran through as a fit check:

If it looks like the groove doesn’t quite fit it’s probably because it doesn’t. The material for the floating panel is a little bit thinner than it probably should be with all the work it needed, but I think it will fit in there fine. I’ll add molding on the inside of the chest before it’s all said and done, for additional strength, even thogh I don’t think it’s needed.

I ran the panel through the shaper with the grain on both sides and then on one piece of end grain. Then I did a fit check within the glued up three sided frame.

Strike a line across the top and I’m ready to cut the fourth side of the panel.

Again through the magic of the inter-web there were lots of trim cuts needed to get the fourth side in there but finally I got it together. Here’s the completed assembled frame and panel glued up, clamped up, ready to go.

Then I decided to do something else. The panel had to fit into the lid skirt assy, and I haven’t seen this anywhere, but I wanted to put a very shallow rabbet around the inside of lid skirt for this framed panel to set into. Stopped rabbets… they’re are no fun… I used the shaper with the jointer cutter, then dressed them up with the #278 withmixed results (I haven’t worked the iron, and the stopped ends limited it’s effective range). Here are some pictures marking the areas to be cut, running material through the shaper, and the chiseled ends of the stopped rabbits.

In this case no good idea went unpunished. By adding the rabbets, my framed panel assembly was now not wide enough. A shim had to be added.

With that aggravating detail out-of-the-way, I was able to take the completed panel out of it’s clamp-laden environ and actually have some fun. I used the shiny #62 to clean and dress the inside of the panel so it would set flat in the skirt rabbets. The low angle on the #62 made it an excellent choice for this job; cross grain, with grain, didn’t matter… it performed wonderfully. Love it, even though it’s shiny. This type of specialty use makes it worth having, and I’m sure I’ll discover more.

The next step was to glue the lid skirt. I glued and clamped those pieces in place, on top of the chest, so if it wasn’t square at least I’d have a match. Once the lid skirt / surround was dry, I traced the line of the skirt against the completed framing panel assembly so it could be cut and fit.

With block plane, #8 jointer plane, and #62 low angle jack I was able to get the panel to fit. And does it fit? You be the judge.

So we’ll finish this installment with a parting shot of the chest as it sits today. The bottom skirt still is not in place permanently, there is smoothing to be done on the lid assembly, and chamfering / other cleanup needs to be taken care of, but we are starting to see the finish line on the exterior of this chest refurb. ‘Til next time, as always, thanks for looking!

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



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Mosquito

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#1 posted 728 days ago

Looks great. The panel door looks like it turned out well.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 728 days ago

Thanks, Mos! Yep, I’m very pleased at this point. Next I’ll glue it into place and do some overall fitting before adding a few nails into the edges, through the skirt. Close to attaching the lid, too! Nice to see this come together…

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

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 727 days ago

Great progress Smitty! That lid is looking nice! I want me a #62….

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 727 days ago

Smitty you have the patience

It is really looking the part now

I’m not trying to see the finish I’m just

enjoying the journey

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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 727 days ago

Get yourself one, Maur! C’mon, you looking for me to not be an enabler? :-)

Jamie, that approach has to be mine as well. Tons of details await!

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

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jusfine

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#6 posted 727 days ago

Enjoying the journey with you!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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ShaneA

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#7 posted 727 days ago

Nice, I like the looks and details of the panel. Sitting a little proud adds something good to it.

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Robsshop

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#8 posted 727 days ago

Nice looking make over so far Smitty,that old wood has great character and I love the look of those old chests of yesteryear ! Infact just yesterday I brought home an old chest from my Moms that my Grandfather made 60+ years ago that I grew up with. I at one point even slept in as an infant (so I was told). It is in need of some TLC and Your efforts have given me some inspiration to take a stab at it perhaps ! Thanks for the push and sharing of a fine looking job ! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Don W

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#9 posted 727 days ago

I’m thinking of hiring you to make the top for mine. Very nice.

And thank you very much for the shaper shot. I’ve been getting a little guilty using mine lately. Seeing you use it will relieve some tension.

I showed this restore to my wife. Her response was “why’s he fixing it”. She would have used it just as it was. I’m with you all the way though.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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#10 posted 727 days ago

So when you were attending to your crack what is the dark brown stuff smeared on the board. Seriously, it is not there in the first glue up pic. It is there during the crack glue up but planed off in next pic. Is that just glue?

-- 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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Don W

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#11 posted 727 days ago

Scott, I think its the other side of the board. Note the crown. What you see is unplaned board.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 727 days ago

Don wins the price! It’s the underneath of the inset panel. I didn’ sctub it clean…

Gotta do it Rob! Take pictures, too.

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

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Bertha

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#13 posted 727 days ago

OMG, eyecandy extravaganza.
. So when you were attending to your crack-Lysdexic
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Seriously, Scott; are you just going to lob that one up there for me?
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Smit, this is fine, fine, fine. I’ll save my comments for when I can examine it on a bigger monitor. I can’t wait to ask who makes your shaper, though. It’s glorious.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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lysdexic

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#14 posted 727 days ago

Al you didn’t mention the smeared brown stuff. I thought Smitty was going to give me the smack down for that. Yet, I have come to realize that Smitty, smartly, stays above the fray.

-- 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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 727 days ago

That you’re concerned with brown stuff, Scott, is interesting! But odd, in a woodworking sense. So I let it pass, like a bad case of disentary…

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

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