Cabinetmaker's Toolchest #7: Finishing

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Blog entry by dannorocks posted 02-12-2017 06:47 PM 797 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This toolchest in part has been the longest ongoing project I’ve built. I did finish this in March of 2016, and am realizing I never finished the blog build so here it is.

Now that all jointery has been completed, it was time to plane down the proud parts of dovetailing, some scraping, sanding and I then put two coats of Zinnister shellac on- inside and out. Sanded between coats.

Then I applied two coats of black milk paint. Sanded between coats and then applied a light boiled linseed oil coat over the exterior paint.

Now that I’m done this build I do see how other designs are handy. It works plenty good for me as it wheels around the shop on the casters and the saw and chisel till within an arms reach is great. Thanks for viewing, and I’m grateful for the time I had to build this chest and all the lumberjocks projects etc.. on here that inspired me to build this project.

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#1 posted 02-12-2017 07:21 PM

Nicely done

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 07:43 PM

It is nicely done. I’ve had mine for a number of years now and it still serves me well. Yours will be with you for a few lifetimes and builds.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 05:38 PM

Thanks, I sure hope it lasts a few generations. My four year old just loves it when I open the lid and he says it smells. Must be the shellac, that’s a lifetime memory for him. And from time to time I’ll let him sort through it, he really likes the dovetail saw, he calls it the baby saw because he can handle it well. Just glad to have a safe place for all the tools that I had that needed a home.

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 06:15 PM

Well done! I have adopted the ‘chest on wheels’ approach too, and absolutely love that it moves when and where it’s needed. Congrats on finishing the build and the blog!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 06:20 PM

Dan, be careful with that lid and your son. I have saws mounted on mine as well and as soon as it goes beyond vertical there is a lot of moving mass. Nailed myself a couple of times, lucky my head is old and hard, your son’s isn’t!

Wheels make the chest work best, even as a seat.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 09:03 PM

This is a wonderful collection of tools and you did a fine job on that beautiful chest.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 02-14-2017 04:44 AM

Most of the time my son is in the shop tools are put up and the chest is locked. That is why I built the tool chest with his safety in mind. Other times tools are out and the lids closed he’s helping assemble a precut project I planned for him to help build. Thanks.

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