Does your inspiration come from children’s books? Yesterday in the library we happened upon a book called “Castor snickrar” (Castor does carpentry) which is a child’s illustrated book about a beaver who is building a toolbox on his grandfather’s cabinetmaking bench. Much of it focuses on the names of the tools he uses, very handy since a) they are the very handtools that we have (eg brace and bit, hand drill, mallet) and b) I don’t know the names of any of these things in Swedish!
Anyhow ol’ Castor screws the sides of his toolbox on after boring holes for the screws. I got to thinking that would be a lot more long-lasting than our bent nails. Plus my daughter likes drilling. Unfortunately it turns out I don’t have a drill bit that’s small enough. Even more unfortunately for the actual finishing of said toolbox, it got us on to drilling again. We now have a board with a lot of holes in it.
Then daughter caught me watching Paul Sellers planing wood, and demanded to know the name of this tool. Why don’t we have one, she said. We do, I said. I have two, I said. She says, give me one. No, I say, they are sharp. Show me, she says. Now you know that my planes aren’t sharp. So then I make some dust with the plane on the board with holes in it. Off to find the what I have to sharpen. My sandpaper tile is god knows where. So sharpening is done at the kitchen sink with a waterstone. I also apparently purchased a honing guide, which I used (contrary to Mr Sellers’s opinion, but I didn’t feel up to it.) Some happy time sharpening later, shavings were achieved, but not uniformly.
So the toolbox didn’t really progress.
-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...