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Misc. Shop Stuff #16: How Do I Find These Things?

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 03-02-2013 01:18 AM 1760 reads 0 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: A Review of Folding 'Zig Zag' Rulers Part 16 of Misc. Shop Stuff series Part 17: A Wooden 'What is this?' »

My son came to meet me tonight when I got home to tell me he of a ‘scavenge’ opportunity he lined up. Long story short, here’s one of the things we rescued from the dumpster:

The lock is in place, as is the keyplate. Now to find a key that works, tighten this thing up, and enjoy! No work to do with this one compared to the last one. Good times! :-)

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



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#1 posted 03-02-2013 01:21 AM

That looks like a walk in the park vs the last one. You are swimming in chests, boxes and cabinets. Plans?

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 01:22 AM

Oh, and a Shapleigh No. 457 lumber pencil!

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 01:25 AM

No plan for this one. It may actually be a ‘sell’ piece, but I don’t know yet. Still enjoying it. Have to brush off the cobwebs and search my inventory for a key that works.

The inside walls of the chest have gentle undulations made only by a lightly cambered smoothing plane. Hardly noticeable, but definite. Very cool, I love it.

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

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 01:40 AM

How Do I Find These Things?

You can’t ask the question without the answer!!

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

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 01:58 AM

Smitty, Ya gotta go for it. It’s got good bones and proportions and will restore well.

Dumpster!! idiots!
kevin

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 02:28 AM

U have nose for unique finds. Anyone else sees only junk. U see and make treasures. Congrats on a great find should probably go to ur son. Ha

-- Stay cool.

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 03:31 AM

How cool is that? Good for you Smit.

-- 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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#8 posted 03-02-2013 04:34 AM

Lock missing an inside component, does not work. Walls of chest tapped up tighter than a drum, easy-peasy. This chest needs next to nothing in work, beyond cleaning.

I may put a clear-coat of some kind on it and call it done.

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

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 04:42 AM

Inside the lid.

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

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 04:52 AM

Is that fir? Do you know what it is made of?

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 05:00 AM

SPF – Spruce, pine, fir. Something that is ‘white wood,’ and I’d guess white pine. But I don’t know for sure.

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

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 12:06 PM

Are those planing marks inside the lid or grain? It is hard to tell.

-- 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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#13 posted 03-02-2013 01:12 PM

Well they say good things happen to good people Smitty, so I guess it’s true. What a great find and hardly any work to do to make it good. Remind me how much you paid for it again? Oh that’s right, you got it for nothing. I hate you! :o)

It would probably be worth replacing the lock if you’re thinking of selling it, assuming you can find a suitable replacement.

-- 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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#14 posted 03-02-2013 01:35 PM

Scotty – yes, that what I tried to capture. Scallops aren’t along the grain lines, and are even in a non-pattern, too. Not how we’re told to do it…

There was a second one that was termite infested and I’ve busted it up for materials. Solid brass hinges with a “615” cast into each wing, one lock of two remains (also broken inside), and some of wood I’ll keep. Very white wood, very dense. Almost maple in quality. Definitely not poplar but the grain, when it’s slit reminds me of that. No distinct smell. But 7/8” thick, the back panel is. I did like the detail of matching the spine of hinges to the bead detail.

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

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#15 posted 03-02-2013 01:36 PM

Oh, this chest was nailed together with cut nails. And I’ve salvaged the cast-iron handles, too.

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

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