Okay, time for an honest assesment of where I am with this tool chest. It’s been about 18 months from completion. Pretty much every time I’m in the shop the chest is opened and at least one tool is used for an in-work project. I’ve added various tools that were particularly suited to it as well, such as the #50 plough and knock-down framing square, all making me believe it was becoming more complete, more of a key to my hobbywork. Well, I’m here to tell you it hasn’t happened yet.
I gathered materials with the intent of building a small box to hold a couple of special glasses as a gift.
And I wanted to use the tools in the chest only as the ones that would build the box. All was well when the #7 jointer plane came out and edged all the stock.
The #50 made a quick entrance as well, and didn’t disappoint.
I cut the pieces to length with one of the full-sized panel saws from the sliding till with success, and used the 9” square as well. But as I was working through marking and measuring, there was frustration. I didn’t have my users in the chest. Didn’t have a sharp backsaw inside for dovetailing, either. Or my regular marking knife. And using the the acme folding mitrebox that I had in the chest was a real joke (yeah, it’s been inside, but not anymore). The clincher, though, was not having my full set of chisels in the chest. Long story short, I had to abandon the project and start over with tools from the Roubo Cabinet and not-wall-hung so it’d get done right.
So I’ve bumped (again) into the realization that the chest is not my go-to location for all primary users; those are scattered between three locations and not one.
It was disappointing to know I couldn’t do a basic project with the stuff I’d been assembling for over a year. No more tools buys in the name of the tool chest; time to refine the contents with my users. Especially for the basics. And commit to sharpening the saws and chisels, and cull things from the chest that aren’t truly user tools.
So this is truly a blog entry. It’ll be interesting to see if things change over the next few months. And as always, thanks for looking.
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