Not trying to convince anyone of anything here, but if you’ve read the series y’all know that I chose to install a sliding ledge in rehab’d tool chest as shown in an old chest drawing. I did it because when I first saw it I thought it was cool, and thought it was there to protect the bottom compartment from dust / debris when the lid was open. Got it built and realized a couple of things:
- It was, in fact, quite cool looking
- It highlighted the large dead space in front of the sliding trays
Filling the space with a travel tote is a good idea, and maybe a sawbox would work, but then I came across a stated purpose for the sliding ledge (courtesy of C. Schwarz’ post of a Practical Woodworker article on chests):
—A sliding ledge beneath the tills, when pulled out, covers the bottom compartment. The bench planes, etc., can be packed away on the sliding board.
I tried placing bench planes there (jack, jointer and smoother are all that’s needed, but a block fit there too) and love the idea.
The top tray can still slide all the way forward, but more importantly I just doubled the space in the lower compartment! Now there’s room for the #50 and things I haven’t thought of putting there before. Love me some sliding ledge. It’s made this small-ish tool chest a much more practical piece. Thought I’d share the observation. I just might grow to using this chest…
Amendment #1 – Put my winding sticks on the sliding ledge, liking this.
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