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Tool Chest Refurb #13: Almost a Year, but Progress Continues...

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 246 days ago 1225 reads 0 times favorited 60 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Return from Obscurity Part 13 of Tool Chest Refurb series Part 14: Looking More Like a Tool Chest »

Yeah, if you’re like Andy and had popcorn at the ready for another installment of this series, my bad as it’s gone back to seed while you waited. The chest has been an interim resting place for tools that otherwise were a source of clutter, but the chest itself had precious little work done on it’s behalf for the better part of the the last year. This weekend, that changed.

But this reprise from a couple installments ago. I’m here:

And I want to get to get here:

Drawer dimensions are set, and the bottoms are cut. Drawer (sliding till?) fronts are also done and joined (no glue yet) to the bottoms as shown in the last installment:

Each drawer needs a back and sides, and I’ve opted to do half-blind dovetails at each corner. The walnut fronts are thin but incredibly tight-grained. Sides are pine, as is the back. Once the drawers are glued up they’ll need some planing to fit, but that’s been the plan all along. And each will ride on the bottoms that in turn will be spot glued and nailed to permit some expansion.

I cut the sides, then half-blinded them into the back…

The other end of the sides were not nearly as deep; the walnut faceboard was marked on edge where material had to be removed.

Less than an eighth of thickness remained, but fit was good.

Face will be trimmed flush.

And with two down, we’re getting closer to said “trim time.” :-)

One more drawer at the top and it’ll be time to glue up, trim up and install pulls before tools move in. Chest progress is fleeting, but real. As always, thanks for looking.

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



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lysdexic

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#1 posted 246 days ago

Sweet! I was wondering what the half blind DTs were for. It looks great. Am I the only one here doesn’t have a tool chest?

What else besides the drawers remain to be done?
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Thanks for sharing.

-- 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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ShaneA

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#2 posted 246 days ago

Blast from the past. I don’t have a tool chest either…or a till, hoosier cabinet, or…well you get the idea. Crap everywhere. All collecting dust too.

Is the hoosier cabinet lurking for a comeback blog update too?

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 246 days ago

Not lurking, it’s kinda in use but not totally built out…

I’ll get there Shane, and I appreciate the reminder. :-)

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

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#4 posted 246 days ago

I don’t have a tool chest either Scotty

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Looking good Smitty. I had forgotten that this wasn’t done yet lol

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 246 days ago

Drawers is it, Scotty. I have pulls to install on them when the time comes and it’ll be done. No lock at this point. A surprise for saw storage when the reveal comes.

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

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lysdexic

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#6 posted 246 days ago

Ooooh! I like surprises.

-- 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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ShaneA

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#7 posted 246 days ago

Round my house both those are classified as “finished projects”. The hoosier is looking quite handsome, and in a natural state too.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 246 days ago

I have plans for the wall hung, definitely, but it take time I ain’t ready to dedicate right now. So it sits. The best of my tools are are in there already, so it’s ‘revered’ space. Other planes get used as a result, as they’re out in the open and easier to grab. Funny how it’s working out, really.

No finish yet on the cherry face or pine / poplar interior, and it may only get Watco’s if anything. I like, but want a little more ‘pop.’

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

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Tugboater78

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#9 posted 246 days ago

sweet Smitty, i had also forgot you were working on one, and the wall hung is looking good filled up!

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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Don W

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#10 posted 246 days ago

I had forgotten as well. Good to see its moving again. I love that wall cabinet

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 246 days ago

Just guessing but vertical saw storage on the front? The rest is looking great.

BTW “And each will ride on the bottoms that in turn will be spot glued and nailed to permit some expansion.” not quite sure what your referring to, is it the actual drawer bottom or the runner it rides on?

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#12 posted 246 days ago

Good guess, you can see the saw till ‘slider’ in the pic. Just need to do final fitting of the saws that’ll live there.

Actual drawer bottom. Drawer sides and back are each on top of that piece for each drawer.

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

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theoldfart

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#13 posted 246 days ago

I ship lapped my drawer bottoms to allow for expansion. Then cut nails on the long edge and one on the end.

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 246 days ago

Love the cut nail approach, sounds cool.

The bottoms I’m only worried (a bit) about on three sides. They’ll be fully glued to the walnut faces; how much fastening they get to sides and back isn’t clear to me yet. Spot nailing is right, but doesn’t seem like ‘enough.’ I’m over thinking it, maybe.

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

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theoldfart

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#15 posted 246 days ago

so far no issues, the bottom drawer has some serious weight, 4 braces, 4 drills, bits, three rolls of chisels etc. hard to lift, i still need to mount an edge on the ends to facilitate lifting. I think it was WayneC that found a chest with that feature.

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

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