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Blog series by Brian Gulotta updated 10-25-2017 03:46 PM 8 parts 9813 reads 33 comments total

Part 1: Intro

02-24-2017 10:36 PM by Brian Gulotta | 0 comments »

I have quickly found out that bringing my tools inside when not in use and piling tools under my workbench was for the birds. I am in desperate need of a nice tool chest to store everything safely and securely when not in use. I also have a personal goal of wanting to work through all the scrap wood I have lying around to learn on and make as many things as I can from. This will also help get the shop much better organized as well. I was able to get through a lot of the construction grade SYP...

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Part 2: I've got some planin' to do

02-27-2017 10:32 PM by Brian Gulotta | 3 comments »

After a couple of days in the shop, I have the main case and shelf pieces dimensioned and ready to rip in half to the best of my abilities. Assuming all goes reasonably well with that I will be ready to start on the dovetails and dado for the shelf here in a day or so. Wish me luck!

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Part 3: Not quite ready to resaw yet

03-05-2017 01:10 PM by Brian Gulotta | 6 comments »

Well I found out that I am really in need of a plough plane with a small iron or a kerfing plane before I can get accurate enough resawing. You can see my attempt at it on the first board I had dimensioned. By the time I was finished I didn’t have enough material left to make the sides from. So I used a piece of pine I had laying around that was already dimensioned to make the sides and bottom. Those are now dovetailed and fitting quite nicely. Using this lumber was not without its own ...

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Part 4: Shelf Dados Complete

03-17-2017 07:41 PM by Brian Gulotta | 3 comments »

I was finally able to get a little time in the shop to work on my tool chest. I finished the shelf dados and am ready to make the shelf and some clamping cauls to assist in the case glue up. My dad is in the process of flattening the bottoms of some of my planes for me at the machine shop were he works, so I won’t be able to finish the shelf until I get them back. I am patiently waiting.

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Part 5: Case complete

03-18-2017 05:20 PM by Brian Gulotta | 1 comment »

I finished up the main case and am ready to start working on the front and back of the chest. Wish me luck!

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Part 6: A new take on a tool rack

08-02-2017 02:58 AM by Brian Gulotta | 14 comments »

It has been a while but I am finally back onto my tool chest build. I finished the back and came up with a new idea on the tool rack that I haven’t seen done yet on another dutch tool chest. I believe it maximizes the amount of tools it can hold and works great. I am using a 1” oak dowel that is going through both sides of the chest. I glued, wedged and flush cut to the outside of the chest. Next is to work on the saw till and dividers for my bench planes. Stay tuned.

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Part 7: Everything starting to find a home

08-05-2017 07:56 PM by Brian Gulotta | 4 comments »

I have the saw till and dividers finished. Everything is starting to find a home. I plan to put the first coffin smoother I make in the space in the back of the chest beside the #5 (You can see the #5 and open space in the last picture). But first I am going to make some custom holders on each side of the chest for the dividers and squares. This should free up a lot of room on the tool rack for chisels/gouges.

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Part 8: Finished Chest

10-25-2017 03:46 PM by Brian Gulotta | 2 comments »

Well I finally got some time to finish the tool chest and apply a distressed oxford blue and wax finish. As it turns out I did decide to get rid of the dowel tool rest and go for the traditional tool rest. The reason I did this was because I noticed some of the tools were not wedging against the back wall as well as others and they moved around while moving the chest. At this point, when I get some more free time, I am going to attach some handles and add a small drawer or two in the bottom c...

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