Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'tool chest'

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Tool Chest #8: Tills and Tool Storage

08-15-2012 04:01 AM by CartersWhittling | 18 comments »

Hello. When I left off the chest was built and ready for the tool storage inside. After giving tool storage some thought I decided on having 3 sliding tills, rear moulding plane storage, front saw till, and tool rolls hanging on the front wall. Nothing really new, but I think my tool roll idea is. When trying to come up with ways to store drill bits and/or chisels on the front wall of my chest I came up with an idea involving canvas tool rolls. What I have is nails driving into t...

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Progress of a self taught cabinet maker #14: A quick safety tip.

08-07-2012 12:12 AM by RGtools | 25 comments »

When using a striking block to assemble joinery. Make sure to use a block that you can grip from the sides and not from the top. The below image is the “don’t” picture. This of course happened in the beginning of the below glue up…as if I needed it to be more interesting. Hope your next glue up goes well. Ryan

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Tool Chest Refurb #4: Skirts are for Tool Chests

07-20-2012 09:28 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 60 comments »

I need four sides of skirting for dovetailing in a way opposite the main body of the chest. As in, tails are cut into the face board of the main chest, but will get cut into the side boards of the skirt, to counteract each other and increase overall stability. I’m only able to get the bottom skirting entirely from my blue board: - Two long boards, front and back- Two short sides I want the blue and/or weathered edges to be ‘up,’ and cut edge down on these boards, a...

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Building a Hanging Hand Tool Cabinet #1: Constructing the core of the cabinet and the doors

07-15-2012 11:12 PM by Andy Panko | 2 comments »

Earlier this year, I blogged here on LJ about building my Roubo workbench. As mentioned in that blog, prior to building the workbench, I wasn’t much into hand tools. Not because I had anything personal against them, but instead because I was always in the process of building out my power tool collection. My power tool arsenal is effectively complete at this point, and I have since mastered the basic uses and methods of each of those tools. I decided it was time to start doing more w...

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Tool Chest Refurb #1: Some Background

06-29-2012 02:59 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 35 comments »

Posted a ‘Shop Notes’ entry some time ago to talk about a big ‘ole pine dovetailed box I bought at a local auction. Not absolutely certain it was ever a tool chest, but I won’t rule it out either. Some points to consider on the tool chest vs. plain box discussion: - There’s no evidence it ever had sliding trays or inserts. Not that they’re required, I suppose, but modern authors suggest that’s the historical norm. Maybe the builder wasn’t norm. - No mortise lock, only a ring for ...

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Tool Chest #7: Hinges, Lock and Paint

06-21-2012 05:00 AM by CartersWhittling | 15 comments »

Hello. With the lid finished, bottom in place and skirts glued on I can begin installing the hinges and the lock. All the hardware (excluding casters and lid chain) were bought from which is where Chris Schwarz got his hardware as well. So first off I began by installing the hinges. I placed the lid on the chest and got it into position and marked one side of each hinge on both the lid and top edge of the chest. Then I used the hinge itself to mark ...

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Misc. Shop Stuff #4: A Vintage Tool Chest

06-18-2012 05:39 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 37 comments »

Bought this at Auction over the weekend, mostly to keep it out of the hands of an antique dealer. Nails at the hinges are the oldest I’ve ever seen – clinched and appear to be hand forged. Handles outstanding, also clinched. Plane tracks visible inside and out. But, no lid. There are a few round (modern) nails driven in at the corners that I’ll remove, and there are four more driven across the dovetails halfway up each corner (one visible in the pic) that would requir...

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Penguin Tool Chest #12: Finally Finished the Tool Chest

06-16-2012 05:42 PM by bobasaurus | 2 comments »

I finally managed to finish the tool chest a little over a week ago (I was on a trip this week and couldn’t post it). Here is the project page with the details: And a photo set with more pictures: Thanks for following along. It has been a long journey getting this thing to completion.

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Tool Chest #6: Skirts

06-16-2012 04:10 AM by CartersWhittling | 14 comments »

Hello. With the shell and lid of the chest complete the next task on the agenda is building the skirts. The skirts are essentially moldings that protect the shell of the chest from damage and help seal the lid off from dust. Though unlike normal moldings and skirts on many other chests, the tool chest Chris describes has skirts which are dovetailed at the corners. This creates a skirt that will not open up due to seasonal humidity changes. The dovetails are also oriented so that the tails ...

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Tool Chest #5: Frame and Panel Lid

06-11-2012 05:03 PM by CartersWhittling | 12 comments »

Hello. Since my last entry I have made the tongue and groove joints for the bottom, but since I have yet to get the nails to attach the bottom, I will post about the bottom later. I have made the lid for the chest though. A friend had let me borrow his mortise chisels so I could make the mortises for the lid joinery. So once I planed the rails and stiles to size I began laying out for the joinery. The lid for the chest is a special kind of frame and panel where the panel itself has a gr...

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