After seeing shipwright’s nifty wooden box hinge technique , I knew I had to try it myself. I’m not sure if it’s been attempted on this large a scale, but I’m happy with how it came out. The only change I made to the original technique was putting the grooves on the face of the board instead of the edge, that way the somewhat-unsightly filled groove would be hidden from view on the outside of the tool chest. Here is the initial setup with the grooves still open: ...
Hello. I have decided to start work on my new chest tool. I am not sure when I will get around to starting the build, but I have got the design and materials ready for when it comes time to begin. I bought the book by Chris Schwarz “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” back in the early parts of summer http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67610&cat=1,46096,46109. I have always enjoyed reading his blog and when my friend told me about the premise of the book I though...
Yesterday, I took every tool that was in my main tool chest out of the box and cleaned and vacuumed out the box. While I was at it I laid my tools out on the work bench and cleaned and inspected them and took some of the bigger Stanley planes apart one at a time and cleaned all the parts. The iron in three of the planes needed sharpening so I did that before I reassembled them. I then put a few of the tools and put them in other drawers instead and put some other tools with these because this...
Just wanted to follow-up and finish this project/blog. The top cabinet is now finished and loaded with tools. I do actually have a drawer or two available for more “stuff”. I’m pleased with how the cabinet turned out. My wife thinks it is too nice for the garage/shop, but I know better.
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options Every shop needs a tool chest. So I set out to build a beautiful wall-hanging unit made completely from plywood. Plywood is inexpensive, durable, easy to find, and perfect for shop furniture. The first video in the series focuses entirely on the design. Now I’m no George Walker and I would guess that you aren’t either. So how do we “average Joe designers” go about developing a project con...
The topic of tool chests has been quite polarizing on lumberjocks.com. The benefits, some would argue, are that they protect the tools, efficiently store them, cause one to think about what tools are absolutely necessary (i.e., getting back to the basics), and last of all, provide the woodworker with somewhere to sit. Others see tool chests as antiquated storage devices that were theft deterrents in their age and provided some mobility to those who worked on job sites, rather in their own sho...
Well much progress since I last posted about my tool cabinet. It is just about complete, well as I explained to my wife “it will never be complete until I can’t fit anymore tools in it” All that is left to do is make the drawers, add the bottom shelf, and the inner swinging tool doors like the Fine Woodworking model and then of course the various tool holders for current tools and future ones too! After I last posted I sanded, then sanded, then sanded some more! I progres...
Right Click to DownloadRight Click to Download in HDSubscription Options This one is all about assembly! I receive a lot of requests to include more details on my assembly process. This is a detail that many articles, videos, and DVDs tend to leave out, so hopefully this helps to fill some gaps. Keep in mind that every project will require a different glueup and clamping strategy, and this is just one way to get the job done. Hopefully it will give you some tips and tricks that you can pu...
Hello. It has been a few months now since I began using my chest and I have made some small changes and upgrades. I will begin with one of the more recent upgrades which was to install two Blum Blumotion plungers to the front wall of my chest, so that when the lid (which is fairly heavy) is closed abruptly they absorb the impact. I happened to have these laying around from when I use to work for a professional kitchen cabinetry shop. It is actually a lot of fun just holding the lid about 6...
I just posted some pictures of my buddy’s Hand Tool Chest. If you like hand tools at all it’s worth checking out. http://www.craftedbytim.com/?p=203
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