|Project by RogerBean||posted 05-31-2015 02:39 PM||3558 views||15 times favorited||14 comments|
I recently posted my Roubo bench project. But in reorganizing my tight little shop to accommodate the bench, I found that all my planes and hand saws at the other end of the shop from the bench. Well, the new bench was requiring a pretty extensive reorganization of this already cramped shop anyway, so I needed some new storage.
There’s nothing particularly unusual about this plane till and saw till. I chose to make them as separate units, but to fit together on the same wall. These are not intended to be masterpieces of woodworking, just functional storage for my planes and hand saws close to the new bench.
The tills are of pine from Menard’s, the 1×12’s, which were “sort of” dry, promptly cupped in my shop. Not unworkable, but a nuisance when cutting the dovetails. I had to clamp them tight and straight while doing the layout and cutting. Like I said, a nuisance.
Probably the most notable thing about the tills is the through dovetails connecting the bottoms, and the tapered sliding dovetails for the shelf horizontals. I’ve come to really appreciate my David Barron magnetic dovetail jigs and the Gyokucho 372 dovetail saw. It has improved my dovetails. The tapered sliding dovetails are also hand cut, and not nearly as difficult as many think.
(A close eye will notice that the top of my leg vise was not finished when this pic was taken)
The finish is just a single wet coat of linseed oil. They should eventually age off to a nice darker pine color. I’m eager to point out that these are not intended to be masterpieces, just solid shop storage units.
Anyway, I now have a place for my saws and planes that is near my bench.
When the bench was placed in the shop, I found that I now had no place close to the Roubo bench for my small tools, like chisels, rulers, squares, etc. either. The cabinet below the little metal lathe was not being used for anything in particular, so it seemed a good place for some drawers.
This little cabinet will hold 21 drawers, 16 of which are in place now. There are drawer suspensions installed for five more drawers in the center, but at the moment this space holds larger tool cases, and I seem to have sufficient drawer space for the moment. Each drawer is mounted in full extension slides that allow me to reach the entire 24” depth of the drawers. No masterpieces here either, just more needed storage space.
Thanks for looking in…. (I really hope this doesn’t double post as my last several have. No idea why that’s happening.)
-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)