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Tool Chest Refurb #9: It's What's Inside that Counts, Right?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 610 days ago 1411 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So,

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!

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



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Don W

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#1 posted 610 days ago

Very cool.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 610 days ago

Good day to make sawdust, time to down the first Turkey Dinner in a couple hours! :-) Thanks, Don!

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

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jap

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#3 posted 610 days ago

nice

-- Joel

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 610 days ago

Looking good Smitty. Looks like you brought out a full arsenal on it. Good updates and pics. Wont be long now, between this and hoosier, you will have plenty of new tool storage.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 610 days ago

This installment is lacking joinery, of course, but I can’t build the drawers and till to fit without the sides and ‘runners’ in place. A somewhat boring, but necessary, activity. Nice to find the right material and get it prep’d!

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

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terryR

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#6 posted 610 days ago

Awesome…Smitty, I wish you had a TV show! :)

...Oh wait…we don’t get TV anymore…

Well, I still enjoy watching you use the vintage tools so expertly, even in photos! Can’t wait to see the inside of the chest come to life!

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

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Brit

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#7 posted 610 days ago

+1 on Smitty’s TV show, even though it probably wouldn’t get broadcast over here.

I’ve always loved watching you work Smitty and tonight I think I figured out why. It’s because the tools work at both ends whenever you pick them up.

-- 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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#8 posted 609 days ago

Nice work! Looks like you got a few planes out for a workout. I also liked the winking smiley face that was on the end of the lunch box planer ;-)

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 609 days ago

Gents – The comments are appreciated as always. I’m looking forward to getting these side struts / runners in place so the three drawers plus saw till can be built. The hardware is already bought, so it should be relatively quick once I get that material dimensioned and ready. Truly looking forward to having a chest to try for myself, to see what all the hub-bub is about…

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

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bluekingfisher

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#10 posted 609 days ago

Nice work and good use of the chiwainese pine. I have a pile of it too which needs using up

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 609 days ago

Smitty good to see the progress I can

almost smell the shavings. When can I

send my old chest for refurbishing. :)

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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#12 posted 609 days ago

Smitty,

looking back at previous episode (#3), you have used a framing square to have the chest square.

The boards are nevertheless not freshly planed inside, some had not a consistent thickness you said, and the handle are protruding inside.
CS plans are for new chest with perfect inside.
7/8-5/8=1/4 is not much of a support for the middle drawer; the runner’side needs to be perfectly parallel.
There might be some challenges ahead to have the drawers running smoothly.

But I am sure you will find solutions to any challenge as always
and I can’t wait to see the next post.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 609 days ago

Sylvain, you are insanely correct, and I am concerned about lack of inside square vs. drawers that have to fit within tolerances of 1/8” or less. Top bin will be the hardest, I think. We’ll see, could be less than pretty.

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

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Mauricio

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#14 posted 608 days ago

Alright Smitty! Great to see progress on this project. Now the fun part begins.

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

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bhog

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#15 posted 608 days ago

Looking forward to what you come up with.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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