Building my version of the Essential Tool Chest #7: Ready to finish

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Blog entry by johnstoneb posted 03-16-2015 01:50 AM 1701 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Glueup Part 7 of Building my version of the Essential Tool Chest series Part 8: Finished »

I expected to be farther than I am but things kept getting in the way. It’s hard finding time for everything when you are retired.
I pulled the clamps scraped the glue squeeze out and sanded to 220. I started to install the drawers for the final fit and found two drawers wouldn’t fit. I had glued in one of the drawer dividers upside down. After talking to myself a little I took a walk came back and cut one of the drawers down fit great and made another drawer. That turned out to be the best drawer I made for this tool chest.I guess practice does help. I also forgot to cut the mortises for the lock bolts. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Had I cut the mortises before gluing in the dividers they probably would not have been in the right place. I used prussian blue on the bolt face and tried locking each lock to get a good imprint from the blue to mark wher I needed to cut. I still needed to enlarge the mortises to actually get things to lock smoothly. When I finished that I was definitely happy I hadn’t cut them first.
With everthing fitting and sanded to 220 I applied the first coat of shellac. Once that driedI located and cut in the lid hinges and lid latch plate. I used the finish to strengthen the edges of the oak so I didn’t have any splintering with the chisel. The oak is super dry and splinters very easily. Thats what happens to wood in a climate where 20% humidity is considered a very humid day in the summer.

I now have the third coat of shellac on waiting for that to dry.

First coat of finish

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 01:52 AM

Now that’s really starting to look good…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 03:25 AM

Looks good! bet it will be a beaut with a final finish! My toolchest is on hold for a few weeks while ride the mighty flooded Ohio river.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 04:10 AM

Such a good build. Thanks for taking the time to post it.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 06:56 AM

Almost finished. You had some trouble to overcome but in the end it turned out well. Nice chest.

I also liked your comment. Specially: It’s hard finding time for everything when you are retired.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 03:43 PM

That is one awesome looking tool chest Bruce. Nicely done.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 04:17 PM

Great looking chest—destined to be a family heirloom.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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