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Tool Chest Refurb #16: Conclusion!

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 213 days ago 1019 reads 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 15: And We're Ready for Hardware! Part 16 of Tool Chest Refurb series Part 17: A 'Feature' gets (Re-) Discovered »

Okay, we started here when the evening’s activites went down:

Tills were assembled and trimmed up earlier this morning and I was excited to add hardware and apply a finish. So tonight I started by adding a little beading detail using my Stanley #66 beading plane.

Once the top edge of each ‘drawer front’ was beaded, it was time to add the ring pulls I had purchased many months ago… I only took a picture of the hole drilling though, sorry…

With the beading and pulls done, I applied a coat of Watco’s Natural to the fronts and the underside of the lid. The bottoms weren’t glued (that expansion / contraction thing, you know) so I drove a few square nails (vintage / recycled) to the bottom (back edge) boards. Pre-drilled with an old Craftsman eggbeater that caught my eye at a flea market last month. That tool has a story or two to tell, I think…

I mentioned in the last installment a screw-up of sorts. I didn’t know it at the time, but putting a bit brace in the bottom till is definitely something I wanted to do as part of outfitting this chest. But unfortunately the drawer was about 5/16” too shallow for the pad of the brace. I used one of the neat little carving tools that came in a starter set from Walt Q probably more than a year ago; my first foray into chip carving (probably an insult to chip carvers everywhere…) let to a slight ‘wallow’ that solved the problem without blowing out the bottom of the till.

So, here’s a pic showing all tills within reach, then another with them all closed and the bottom board pulled forward to protect the plane bay all along the bottom of the chest.

I’ll work up the project post and try to give a decent recap of the whole thing, but in the meantime here’s the chest! The saw till does need recessed ring pulls; I don’t have those ordered yet and will update this entry when I get them. As always, thanks for looking.

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



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WayneC

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#1 posted 213 days ago

Very very nice. It will get another 100 years of use.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 213 days ago

Thanks, Wayne, I hope so.

The plan is to outfit this chest with a core set of what is essentially “spare” stuff. I have my everyday users at the bench, and much extra. If I can get a kind of ATC set in here it’d be great… Won’t spend $ specifically to get there, if that makes sense. Then you never know, I just may start working out of it. We’ll see.

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

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Airframer

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#3 posted 213 days ago

That turned out great! It is great to see something old made new and useful again :-D

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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BigRedKnothead

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#4 posted 213 days ago

I always enjoy reading your stuff. Your nostalgia is contagious:)

-- Red -- “I ain't as good as I'm gonna get....but I'm better than I used to be."

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 213 days ago

Thanks, Red.

Ordered recessed ring pulls for the saw till, looking forward to getting those for sure! I’ll be planing about 1/8” from the bottom of that till and then the top-most one of the ‘triplets’ will be able to slide all the way forward, over the saw one, thus making more room to have all three reachable if so desired.

And, time to re-read ATC. If this chest is going to take up space, it must earn it’s keep. :-)

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

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stefang

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#6 posted 213 days ago

Clever set up in the chest Smitty. I love that Stanley beading tool. Very nice result with that. All good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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GrandpaLen

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#7 posted 213 days ago

Well done, Smitty.

Very well executed Fit and Finish and quite nicely appointed.

Thanks for sharing the Journey.

Best Regards. – Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Don W

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#8 posted 213 days ago

Nice refurb Smitty. Where will it sit in your shop?

-- 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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Brit

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#9 posted 213 days ago

It lives! Lovingly brought back from the brink by Doctor Smitty. Well done sir.

-- 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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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 213 days ago

From the (limited) things I’ve read about tool chests, this one is on the smaller end of the range for ones meant to be full-sized. That said, there seems to be a ton of room in the bottom compartment. I made sure to keep that deep enough to handle a jointer w/ full iron. There was some give, then, in the depth of the drawers. I lost about 3/4” to the sliding partition, but that was too cool to not do.

All of this is reading more like a review, and I haven’t used it yet so probably ought to table it for now.

Thanks Mike, Len, Don and Andy.

I’m almost certain to put down some rubber mesh in the bottom, along with some simple dividers, to keep the planes in line. And the chest will stay where it is for now; it’s between the bench and my would-be wall hung tool cabinet; I’m making trips to that with no problem.

Yes, it lives. :-)

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

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JayT

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#11 posted 213 days ago

Looks fabulous, Smitty. I love the ring pulls.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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terryR

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#12 posted 213 days ago

Very nice work, Smitty! The chest is beautiful to me…old and new brought together to form a valuable tool.

The high humidity in my shop has pushed a tool chest to the very top of my bucket list…been looking at yard sales for a beginner, but no luck still. Luckily, you’ve posted so many photos of this restore/rebuild, I feel I can give one a try! :) Thank you!

Love that 66!

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

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WayneC

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#13 posted 213 days ago

Damn it. Now I am jonesing for a #66 again.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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chrisstef

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#14 posted 213 days ago

Smitty – you might have just pushed me to the point where im going to ask my wife If I can reconfigure her grandfathers old trunk into a tool chest. It used to sit in my little man den but the sharp corners scared it off into hiding. Its been relegated to the office since the baby started to crawl. You’re an inspiration sir. Well done.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 213 days ago

I’m not liking the contrast of wood colors in the interior of the chest; hope that calms down over time. Also should have used the same species of wood for the runners at the sides. Oh, well. It looks like a carpenter’s chest, as opposed to a cabinetmaker’s, in that regard: Use what’s on hand. And that’s what I did.

Go for it, Stef. Of course, this project started without the pucker factor associated with a family heirloom. Either way, persistence is pretty much all there is to it.

I hope you do find one and save it, Terry. And keeping what I put in this one free from dust and (perhaps) some humidity would be a very good thing.

The #66 is a cool tool indeed. Takes some getting used to, but that’s the case with anything. I’m getting the hang of it, and really love making beads on stuff. It’d be easy to overdo though, hence the rub.

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

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