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Tool Chest Refurb #7: Chest needs a lid, and now it has one...

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 09-03-2012 03:50 PM 1673 reads 0 times favorited 95 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not going to clench cut nails for hinge install because my cut nails are truly vintage and will break rather than bend. Because of the thickness of the lid skirt, two shorter screws are needed at the base of the three-hole hinge, with one long wood screw good for the top in that it goes through the skirt and into the panel of the lid. Chose the hardware from the parts drawer, and moved out.

Clamped the hinge tight, tapped starter holes and drove the screws home.

The next pic shows a challenge and the solution… The hinge plates extend above the plane of the lid, meaning I’ve had to consider either filing the iron down to the surface OR adding a shim of some kind to the top. The cut of wood is the piece I made on the shaper as material for said shims.

I thinned the material via bandsaw, flattened the backs, then pre-drilled and installed with some straightened cut nails and glue.

So now the chest-shaped box is a chest at last!

Next actions are installed wood stop blocks on the back to keep the lid from wanting to flop completely over when in the open position (don’t want interior chains or strap stops), bevelling of the lower skirt and potato staining of the fresh cut material prior to paint. Drawers and such also to come! As always, thanks for looking.

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



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#1 posted 09-03-2012 03:59 PM

Nice work, Smitty…whats this potato staining you speak of?

-- Jason K

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 04:00 PM

Hey, it does look like a chest. Really coming together vs when we first saw it. You are manly for keeping the details accurate to the vintage. I think I would have to draw the line at slotted screws. I am more of a phillips/square type of a guy. : ) keep up the good work. Did I see potato staining??

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 04:15 PM

Per LJ Len: “Back in the day, I remember my Grandfather’s trick for making a newly cut edge look aged. He would cut a potato in half, let it rust, exposed to the air, and then rub the exposed fresh wood edge and within a couple days it would take on the patina of older unfinished wood.”

I gotta try this! :-)

Thanks, Shane and Jason. I like where this has gone so far, but also looking forward to a color finish that pulls new and old closer together.

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

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 04:25 PM

That sounds pretty interesting…I can’t wait to see how it works!! Keep us posted!

-- Jason K

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 04:28 PM

Looking great Smitty. Like the fix for the hinges being too tall. Waiting to see what you do for the lid stops. I was trying to come up with something similar for my plane till.

Edit:
I am also anxious to see how the potato staining works out.

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

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 04:31 PM

A teaser… The potato games are underway!

May the odds always be in my favor. :-)

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

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 04:42 PM

Looking good, Smitty. I, too, have never heard of potato staining and will be interested to see how it comes out.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 04:47 PM

Smitty, this series always makes me smile. It’s great to see someone enjoy their woodworking like you do.

I like your shims. I can’t figure out why, but they look like they should be there. But a note, you could have dropped the hinges to. (not saying you should have, just you could have)

Potato salad anyone? I seem to recall hearing mayonnaise would work to, but I may be thinking of something else.

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

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 04:48 PM

It is now a chest :)

I scored some great cast iron casters

that came off a Juke Box

They are all swivel and are fitted into a

dish giving a low center of gravity

Those tatties would look good with some

ground beef. :)

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 09-03-2012 05:17 PM

DonI did consider dropping the hinges, I really did. But they’re on with clenched, rosehead. Ails that wouldn’t have survived the move. Did it in situ, as Andy suggested. I’ll do some rasp and file work to soften edges, that should help incorporate them even more.

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

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 05:29 PM

ahh. I didn’t realize they were already home. I do like the looks of the shims. They add something to the top. It really looks good. I’d form the front of the shims to match the raised panel.

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

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 05:29 PM

Stressing tools of the trade:

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

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#13 posted 09-03-2012 06:07 PM

Looking great.

I myself have a heavy old chest out in the garage waiting for restoration, this thread has me excited to give it a try.

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#14 posted 09-03-2012 06:10 PM

Awesome, Smitty!

This old wreck was lucky to find you…what an improvement!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 09-03-2012 06:28 PM

Next actions are installed wood stop blocks on the back to keep the lid from wanting to flop completely over when in the open position (don’t want interior chains or strap stops),

Don’t you fear the enormous leverage would tear off the hinges?
What about a scisor like stop made of two wooden batten.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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