Getting things put together, Finally!! Sides have been “fixed”, front and back panels are done. Needed to drill some counter-bored pilot holes to assemble the sides to the front and back. Small forstner bit for a counter bore in the Drill press. Haul the slab of the front to the press, go to drill the first hole….table tilts! So, dig through the tool boxes, find the right sized wrench, and tilting table tilts no more. Got the front and backs drilled, time for some glue and screws
Here are the holes, about 3/8” diameter. Plugs will show up, later. Got the sides screwed to the front panel, and then added the rear panel
The long clamp on top is to pull the case square. Almost too big for the bench. Might as well sit this on the shop floor, and work on something else. Had a couple wide pine boards, cut them to the length to fit into the bottom of the chest. Already had 1×2 cleats for the bottom to be screwed to, so
A few #6×1” screws, no glue to add a bottom to the chest. There is an air-gap in the middle. More to allow expansion, and a way for any dust to leave. Had ONE more walnut plank in the shop. Cut it into three 4/4 by 6” by 28” boards. Very rough-sawn stuff. Lots of knots and dippity-dos aka cup. Laid them out to test the fit
Yep, very rough boards. So, grabbed a few hand planes and worked on the boards. Trying to get the edges straight ( yeah, right) and square. Used a big, old Stanley #31 Jointer plane. I will later have to work on it’s iron, way too many knots. Got the three edges done, almost. ONE lousy edge has a serious area that will likely be a “Design Feature”. Would have to plane away too much good wood to make that little area smooth.
Started on the faces of the boards. I have a “plane stop jig” made up to plane faces on. Just a slab of particle board with a cleat as a stop, plus a lower cleat to rest against the end of the workbench, one screw through the top cleat is a bit long. It is to go through the jig, and into the benchtop. With the lower cleat tight against the bench, screw the jig down. THEN I can lay a board on the jig, and plane away. Used a few Jack planes to scrub the roughness off the faces. Worn out one jack plane, grabbed a second one. Followed up with a Junior Jack as a smoother
After a while, all the planes went on “Break” and so did I. WHEW! Got three boards all S4S and then set them on top of the chest
to find out that I’m about an inch short of full width. Plus one board is a hair out of square. One end is a 1/2” wider than the other. Plan B. Add two pine accent strips for the right width. re-rip the one board to get it square.
Next up? After top top is completed ( might even show off the FRONT view) it will be time to make a saw til, and a sliding tray or two. I guess this is now a Tool Chest build….
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