I managed to get the right door of my tool cabinet fitted with its’ selection of tools. I decided to make the right side the cutting and shaping side. The saw till occupies that area so it seems appropriate.
I started with holders for my most used dovetail and carcass saw. One has a carved handle and one does not so I built the holders respectively. I used leaves to hold the saws in place once in.
Next I moved on the Japanese saws, which to be honest plagued me and they are not yet complete. I tried three different designs, making each trial out of pine and then tossing them in the scrap bin only to be frustrated by the next trial. Finally I hit upon a way to have one saw slide in from the front and two from the side that made them store very compact, yet easy to get at. I also wanted to build a facade for the face that would resemble a pagoda and my first attempts made this idea moot.
I am going to work up a design and run it through my CNC to have some Japanese writing that has a phrase “with many strokes a large tree is felled” like the English version “many strokes fell great oaks”
That idea is very profound to me as I think there is nothing complicated about woodworking, only a tedium of many small tasks to create a grand project.
I then worked to make a holder for my files and rasps. I use these a lot so they had to be close at hand.
I made it a simple affair as you wouldn’t see whatever I made behind the handles. I used some nice curly maple and made the fingers nice enough to look at, but functionality was the key here.
For my carving rasps I made a vertical station that would display them well and keep them very accessible.
For the pegs on the carving panel I used my mortiser again and made the pegs square like my spokeshave holder. It has been used a few times in this cabinet and I like it better that round pegs.
On the bottom shelf of the door I put my handles for my micro planes. I will keep all the heads in one of the drawers. I will have to make a video and/or blog about how I use those bad boys. They can carve wood in a hurry.
So I am pleased withe results so far. There is a little tweaking to do and the Japanese saws still get a cover plate, but I like it.
The left door will be for measuring and marking, with caliper, dividers and the like. It will also have my mallets and chisels. Like I said before I plan on eventually having an eight chisel set so I made a holder to fit that. I have about 45 chisels floating about the shop, but I want nice ones for the cabinet.
So the set that I made with my CNC a while back has been assembled and finished and put in place. And not too soon as I just lost one of the chisel end protectors for my newer set, so it worked out good they could go to a new home.
So that is all I have to share for tonight I think.. Oh wait there was a blog recently by another LJ member. I invite you all to follow along with fatandy2003 as he tackles a guitar build; http://lumberjocks.com/fatandy2003/blog/76746 . Reading it got me thinking about my old hobby. I had started playing around with lutherie years ago, but moving and life and bugs put a temporary stop to it. I really enjoyed it and it is a very precise and beautiful aspect of woodworking. So I pulled out my tub-O-stuff that I had stored away and started rummaging thru it. I think I would like to get back at it if time permits. I know I am going to be very busy this summer but I had a good beginning for a few guitars. I had Koa and Myrtle and walnut all ready to go. Take a look.
I am hoping to be done with the remodel by the end of next week, it will bring an end to the blog for a time, but I will pick it back up when I start the plane till. In the mean time I am sure I will have something else to yap about. TTFN
-- Brian Noel