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The Tool Gathering Odessy #3: I See No End in Sight!

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 01-09-2008 01:51 AM 763 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s true, the end is nowhere in sight. I may be gathering tools for my entire adult life. My #80 cabinet scraper got hear yesterday, and the last two of my Japanese chisels got here today. I have a D8 rip saw en route shortly, accompanied by a Warranted Superior saw that looks like a cross cut. I already have a dovetail saw, though I’d like to get a western style to play with.

Everywhere I look, there’s more and more tools that I can easily foresee me needing. Luckily, that’s down the road. I figure I need a better drill than I currently have. I have a POS off brand drill. I want a decent cordless drill, and an egg beater style drill. Other than that, I probably have most everything I need to build my bench once the shop is available. It’s kind of surreal to know that, and yet still look at tools. I need some way to put in grooves for a box I am planning to build, and I’m looking at the Veritas plow plane for that, though a vintage would be better (read: cheaper possibly). Still, beggar’s can’t be choosers, so I’ll take my opportunities when I find them. Oh, and I forgot about sharpening, but that’ll be taken care of this coming payday.

However, now that I am nearing the point of actually being able to build something, I find myself trying to figure out how to store the tools so I can get them if needed, but they’ll be out of the way if not needed. I’m intrigued by the Benjamin Seaton Tool Chest and would love something like that. On the other hand, I like the idea of just reaching across the bench and grabbing whatever tool I want. It’s a bit perplexing, to say the least.

Unfortunately, the internet isn’t really helping either. There’s toolbox plans out the butt, but it’s really hard to get a good idea of tool storage from the few pictures I’ve found. It seems everything falls into three categories: (A) Loose tool box/chest, (B) Wall mounted tool chest, and© Wall mounted tool rack. Option C sounds like it would be the easiest to access (hardest to transport), but there are few pictures of this type of storage system.

So many choices…

...luckily, I’ve got a bit of time.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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Zuki

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 02:20 AM

Have you tried pocket hole joinery? Great way to join wood and you can get the jigs for relatively cheap.

Kreg have some really nice ones – http://www.kregtool.com/

Mine is a cheap Vermont American.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 02:23 AM

I’ve thought about it, but I’m not a real big fan of it myself. I’m actually looking at trying BeadLock instead. At least until I can get a feel for real mortise and tenon joints.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Partridge

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 02:31 AM

I would go with a wall mount chest. two door, easy to transport and if you keep it open you have a open rack system.

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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Tomcat1066

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 02:35 AM

Good point Partridge. Sort of the “Best of Both Worlds” type of thing.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Zuki

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 02:37 AM

Hmmm . . . never seen BeadLock before. Interesting.

I use pocket joinery for a lot of my stuff. Now Im trying hand cut dovetails with my 2×4 on Porject X.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

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Tomcat1066

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 02:42 AM

Rockler also has a “Pro” jig that is more versatile than the basic set. If you plan on using loose tenons much, it looks like a simpler way to me.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Karson

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#7 posted 01-09-2008 02:47 AM

Tom:

I’ve got the Beadlock and the router bits to make my own stock. But, let me give you a clue on using it.

You are suppose to draw a line across two boards and then line up the jig to each line and drill the holes. The problem is that when you do that the jig is misaligned. Especially if you are trying to put in aprons etc. One side will be high and the other side will be low. And when its across two ends then the board is not sitting at 90 deg maybe 90.5 or so but enough to make you want to curse and wonder why is this happening.

What is happening is the pencil line is too wide and not accurately enough.

The only way that I’ve found to do it accurately is to use a marking knife to mark the line. I then put the tip of the knife in the mark line and slide the jig up to the back of the knife. When you do that they will align OK.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Tomcat1066

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 02:53 AM

Great tip Karson! I was planning on using the Beadlock to build a storage bench to serve as my sister-in-law’s hope chest (she’s 10). I definitely don’t want to screw it up, and I would probably have cursed until I was blue in the face if I didn’t know in advance about that tip!

I owe you a big one!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 05:01 AM

So that’s why I said all those bad words at the Beadlock!! thanks. Karson. Tom, there is no hope for you, you are on the slippery slope.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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GaryK

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 05:12 AM

You could buy another tool and get a Festool Domino cutter. The best of both worlds.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 05:27 AM

I second the kreg pocket screw as a great starting joinery sytstem. There are still lots of challenges in squaring stock, grooving for panel, glue up, etc, that you will have to deal with in learning woodworking.

I use the kreg for jigs and quick shop projects, window screens, attaching table tops. It is a good product.

A biscuit joiner or bicsuit blade for a joiner or slot cutter is a simple way to do a many starter projects.

I recommend for you the Getting Started in Woodworking series. In particular, Aimme Frasier and Mathew Teague each have great books. The series is excellent. The projects don’t suck, the advice is clear, and there are lots of “skill builder” articles.

Good luck.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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mot

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 05:44 AM

Now you need to look at a Dowelmax!

Cheers!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Tomcat1066

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 12:10 PM

Gary,

I don’t even want to go into how bad I want a Domino. I offered to trade my wife for one…no takers ;)

Gizmodyne,

I’ve already got that series. In fact, all four books are something like 8 inches away from the keyboard right now ;)

Tom,

I’ve looked at the Dowelmax. It’s just the price that keeps me from pulling the trigger on it right now, you know?

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 01-09-2008 05:22 PM

I got into woodworking heavily about 3 years ago, and I quickly figured out there there are more tools I want than I have time or money enough to ever acquire. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 01-09-2008 10:45 PM

Nows the time to start using those tools Tom. I know the feeling, can’t resist buying new tools. What a great past time.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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