|Project by rustythebailiff||posted 11-30-2014 09:25 PM||924 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
It’s been a long while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy with lots of projects, making little things for folks to help fund my hobby. I’ve also been turning more and more to hand work, leaving my power tools to gather dust. It’s much slower this way, but I really prefer the process over power tools. I like the lack of noise and dust as well!
This project came out of necessity. My regular tool chest was doing all it could to maintain the tools I use regularly for measuring, cutting, and joining. I wanted something separate that would protect my carving chisels that wouldn’t take up a lot of room. I don’t own many chisels, and really don’t foresee having a whole lot. So the size of the box wouldn’t be too prohibitive (a good thing as my shop is getting crowded!)
I chose to use cypress for three reasons; 1) I had some on hand, 2) I love the grain patterns, and 3) my experience has shown it will protect my tools from excess moisture for years to come.
I also decided to use mitered dovetails for the first time. My standard dovetails are coming along very well, so this seemed like the next step for me. These would allow me to put in a groove for the bottom that won’t show at the corners. I studied a video from the Wood Magazine folks, and gave it a shot. Only one minor goof up, so it went pretty well. The only regret I have about my choice of wood, is that cypress can be a bit brittle, leaving some roughness to the dovetails. But all in all it went together well.
I raised the panel for the lid using a skewed rabbet plane, after cutting the shoulders on my table saw (yet another hand tool needed to replace that operation!). The mortise and tenons were cut with chisel and saw.
I shaped the dividers with my coping saw. At a later date I intend to make a small tray to give me a second level of chisel storage.
I finished it with a simple Tung oil finish. I wanted to preserve the grain, while adding a little bit of luster.
-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"