It is only Tuesday and I am tired. I have been feeling under the weather lately, but I made some decent progress today. I put the saw till aside for now and will get back to it when I am ready to carve the next piece as well in the interest of efficiency. I worked up a piece of Paruvian Walnut that had been sitting in the back of the shop for the case top and bottom of the tool cabinet. I chose to do it next as I wait for my bench hardware to arrive. I could have definitely used a moxon vise today, but patience grasshopper.
I took some licence with the saw till frame, but the tool cabinet has a look that I worked on for quite a while so I am going to try to stick with it as much as I can.
The dovetails I have been doing on the cases are very thin and require a tight knife to get in there to mark for the cuts. I had heard somewhere that a leftover hacksaw blade makes a nice knife as it is hardened steel. I found one and took it to the grinder in haste and I might go back and make a nice one if I can find a feral for it, but the blade worked great.
That’s the problem with this, I need to have a cut off point for tools at some point, I can try to accommodate future purchases a bit by leaving some open spaces in the cabinet, but it is not a black hole to swallow every whimsical tool build or purchase. I am not building a H.O. Studley chest here by any stretch (which has been my desktop background for years, but I would like to know where the tools are going and fit them as economically as I can.
The case turned out to be 38”x38” on the inside which is big and should give me lots of room to play with. I will do my best to lay everything out tomorrow and try to assemble it with functionality in mind, but you know me… I wouldn’t mind throwing in something crazy just to mess with you guys ;) The inside of the cabinet should be as captivating as the rest of the pieces. I don’t want to do all this and then open the cabinet to see a tetris cube of boring-ness. I have a few ideas to make it fun, but I really need to set everything out to see if I have the wiggle room to be “artsy fartsy again. It should make for a fun day as I get to collect all of my favorite tools from around the shop and display the collection I have massed over the years. I will be sure to take some pictures and share them tomorrow.
So as the title of today’s post goes… “Look Ma, I made a square.”
Dovetails are the picture of tedium.
Ha! I just realized that I put it in there upside down for the pictures. Funny, not that it would look any different.
This is too much fun!
-- Brian Noel