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Tool Chest Refurb #14: Looking More Like a Tool Chest

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 09-12-2013 03:30 AM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Almost a Year, but Progress Continues... Part 14 of Tool Chest Refurb series Part 15: And We're Ready for Hardware! »

Had a chest with sliding tills ‘in bottom only…’

So I mounted faces via saw-kerf rabbets…

and dovetailed sides to said faces.

Glued faces…

And now the sides get glued up, one drawer per day. This way I can clamp them up in place so they are ‘set’ where they’ll live. With this box, square is certainly optional… :-)

That will get these (sans lid):

Into a chest that once looked like this:

Next installment, tills glued and done, finish added, pulls installed. Thanks for staying with this one, almost there!

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



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Airframer

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#1 posted 09-12-2013 07:05 AM

Any day now eh? It sure has come a long way from where it started!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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stefang

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#2 posted 09-12-2013 08:15 AM

It’s coming along very well Smitty. I like the way you did the tills. I need something like that in the drawer unit that goes under my new bench. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don W

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#3 posted 09-12-2013 11:24 AM

you do have a knack for the vintage re-makes. Very fun to follow along.

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

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Brad

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 12:56 PM

Nice work Smitty. Please identify the LA smoother you’ve included in the pic above. BTW, I love that you include the tools you’re using in the pics you take of your projects. Sometimes, I remember reading about a specific tool in one of your other blogs so even though you don’t call it out in your blog, seeing the tool in the pic, and knowing it’s history adds to my enjoyment of your posts.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#5 posted 09-12-2013 02:54 PM

Looking good, Smitty! Thanks again for sharing all those photos..

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 03:46 PM

Gents, the encouragement is appreciated. It’s a wierd phase; glue up one or two things each night, then wait for the next night and repeat. It’s progress, but painful. Looking forward to ‘trim to fit’ and the other things that mean all construction is complete!

Mike, I’m watching your bench build and it’s looking very good!

Brad, thanks. It’s the LN #164 w/ cocobolo knob and tote. Can’t afford a SW #164 original, this was the next best thing. It’s a very nice plane.

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

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#7 posted 09-12-2013 08:49 PM

Really nice Smitty. This will look awesome when finished, great blog!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#8 posted 09-12-2013 09:00 PM

So wonderful to see the life your skillful hands breathe back into these pieces. Thank you for taking the time to share your work with us Smitty.

The top drawer will be able to sit proud of the chest due to the depth of the lid, correct?

-- ~Tony

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#9 posted 09-12-2013 09:05 PM

Lookin’ great Smitty.

I look forward to the final pics.

-- - Terry

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 09-12-2013 09:14 PM

Thanks, JJB and Tony.

You hit it right – the top is tall from the sides, made possible by the upper skirt that catches the lid’s surround. Why did I do it that way? It goes back to the original hinges that I left in place… They were tall / proud from the box’s sides, so the lid had to be as well.

Wasn’t going to pull the clinched square nailes holding them in place and almost certainly ruin the overall integrity of the piece…

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

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 09-12-2013 09:24 PM

Smitty, I think I need to go and beat mine with a stick so looks as good as yours, really nice work. Still wishin’ I made the top dust seal higher!

-- "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 09-12-2013 09:30 PM

lol

Tricks of the trade:

-- 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 09-12-2013 09:32 PM

Is that an AA Woods auger tool?
Edit: Also Yukon Gold or Red or Idaho

-- "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 09-12-2013 09:33 PM

Don’t know if I know any branding off the top of my head (EDIT: Except for Idaho / Russet EDIT-EDIT: and crabgrass)... Why? You telling me it’s worth thousands and I’ve been using it to age stuff?

-- 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 09-12-2013 09:34 PM

Paid $30 for mine, one in a box goes for 60 to 100

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

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