Tool Box #2: Lid is DONE

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 08-17-2014 04:12 PM 1729 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And on the tool chest!

Got up this morning, and got the lid out of the clamps. Had some clean up to do on it from squeeze outs. Couple of joints needed to be flatter. Marked out for some screw holes on the trim pieces, and checked the fit.

Miter joints needed afine tuning. Screws were deep set. Might go back and add plugs…..someday. Both corners were looking good

Just one side piece was a hair too long. Trimmed it to size. Glue and screws to fasten the trim in place. Add a screw into each corner joint. Next, lay out a couple saws

Those are the main full sized saws in the shop. I needed to make some “keepers” to hold the saws in the lid. Fired up that $10 Sears Craftsman 13” Scrollsaw and made a few parts

Twist the keeper lever 90 degrees to remove either saw. Seems to work..ok.

Now, I HATE working with hinges. and when it is just me doing them, it gets complicated. Have to mortise the rails on the chest, mark out where the hinges will go on the lid. Lift everything up onto the benchtop. Prop the case up so it matches the surface of the lid. Drill a pilot hole for the first screw in each hinge, and try the fit..

Hmm, looked at the layout marks…1/4” off. Redo the two holes using another screw hole on the hinges. This time it worked.

Lot of room to work on it here…. Sat the chest up to test the lid

Hmm, not too bad. Still have a hole or two to plug

Yep, right there on the corner. Propped the lid in the open setting ( no chain for it..yet) with a scrap piece

So, the box itself is done. Still to go is all on the inside.

For those wondering about the size of this little tool chest:

Box: 31-1/2” by 16-3/8” Height of box and lid is 23-3/8”

Lid: 3/4” by 33-5/8” by 17-3/8

Until the next episode….stay tuned.

I might go ahead and add afinish to the outside of the chest….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 06:49 PM

Yikes Bandit, BMF chest and from salvage ? You’re my new hero..
Very nice work bro !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 02:02 AM

It ain’t done…. ‘til it’s finished!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 11:44 AM

Excellent. I wish I could watch you with all of the hand tools.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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