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Filling the guts of your Dutch tool chest #3: Lid panel saw fixtures

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Blog entry by Brad posted 07-22-2014 06:22 PM 2037 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I created two fixtures similar to Christopher Schwarz in order to dock two panel saws (rip and XC) to the inside lid surface. After trial and error, I came up with these fixture dimensions:

The rip saw’s handle faces to the left while the XC saw’s handle is located to the right-hand side of the lid. When the lid is open, the teeth face upward. Since each saw is wider toward the handle than the toe, the groove to house this portion of them is longer. I laid the saws one over another and determined a rough placement of the fixtures.

This helped me to then measure the width of the corresponding fixture groove, from the saw spine to the tip of the teeth. With this done, I laid out the fixtures…

…and cut the stopped grooves at the router table.

The longer grooves barely had 1/8” between them and the ends of the fixture. So to keep them from breaking, I reinforced them with plywood pieces to prevent breakage. I subsequently revised the fixture dimensions you see posted above.

Note the “Base Line” in the above photograph. The spines of both saws will rest in the same plane with the lid open.

Next, I cut the long notch at each fixture end, then drilled a hole (about 5/8” in from the end) and countersunk it to accommodate the mounting screws.

The 4” placement of the fixtures from the front edge of the top of the lid allowed enough clearance between the fixtures/saws and fully-loaded tool rack for the lid to properly close.

With the lid done, I turned my attention to completing the fixtures for the top section of the chest. And that’s the subject of the next post.

© 2014, Brad Chittim, all rights reserved.

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theoldfart

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 02:06 AM

Brad, wouldn’t you be better off with the teeth facing down with the lid open? That way when you transport the chest the saws will bang against the spine as opposed to the tooth line. Thoughts? I’m still planning the interior of mine so this question is theoretical, not based on experience.

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

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 10:39 AM

Brad, thank you for this series! Lots of work going into it, and a fine job presenting a LOT of info. Niice job on the build, looking forward to the next.

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

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Brad

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#3 posted 07-23-2014 02:14 PM

TOF, you may wish to reverse the placement of the teeth for your fixture. The fit of the saws is pretty tight so the sides of the tool chest when the lid is closed will prevent a lot of to and fro movement.

Thanks Smitty! The best is yet to come!

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#4 posted 07-23-2014 09:05 PM

Brad, I see what you mean. Took a peak at Schwartz’s lid and he has the same arrangement as yours. I’m going to do a mock up with your dimensions and try it out.

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

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 02:48 PM

TOF, I heartily approve of mock ups. Many a mistake in prime wood have been avoided by doing so in my shop.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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