The Outside of the Chest looks reasonably authentic now, and features a lid that keeps dust and other detritus away from the rust-prone surfaces of tools within. But after a spring and summer to-do list filled with roofing, siding and other outdoor remediations, there has been no time for tool chests and the like. Until this week, when I starting clearing clutter with my Friendly Confines (Shop) and setting items inside the Chest.
Can’t add more without stacking, and I’m not doing that. It’s time to complete the guts of the rehab. I started with a set of prints from an old tyme book and chest build C. Schwarz linked to in his blog some time back.
Spent some time last night scaling the drawing to the size chest I have vs. what was divided and documented. Most of the stock I need is 3/8” and 1/2”, with a bit of 5/8” and 7/8” also. Here’s where the thinner stuff can come from: Chinese pine of some kind that was a server packing crate.
Time to do some lunchbox planing.
Then it’s time to smooth with the bedrock #4C.
That’s the 3/8” stock, so then on to prep of the 7/8” material. Cross-cut the length needed from a larger board, then plane and smooth.
Had to scrape the edge to remove some paint before jointing it and ripping to size. The #82 scraper was ideal. :-)
After the rip, a follow-up jointing with the #6 to remove the saw marks.
Three heart pine boards would become the 1/2” stock, so back to the lunchbox followed by the #4 1/2 for smoothing.
One of the final pieces needed for the chest is a board 8” wide, so I had to do a glue-up to get that ready for next time.
So with that in clamps, the pile of inside material is essentially complete.
Next time there’s layout of these pieces inside the chest. After that, there’s build outs for sliding drawers and saw till. So this ride is not done yet! As always, thanks for looking!
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