|Project by Dark_Lightning||posted 05-31-2015 04:10 PM||1142 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
Now that I am retired, between the honey-do list entries, I get to do some wood carving. I’m taking a class at the local adult center. Here is a chest I made to cart the tools that I have so far. The old plastic tote just wasn’t cutting it. Since it has been awhile since I have made a major project (years), and the first time for a chest, it is made of poplar and plywood, with hard board for the drawer bottoms. The drawers are dadoed, with slides glued into the case. They slide really nicely. The process for this is detailed in a recent FWW article, except that I did not dado the case for the slides, but used a precision spacer, then glued and nailed.
It works well. As you can see, there is plenty of room for expansion. The finish is satin black Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel over two layers of dewaxed shellac (Seal Coat). Hardware is from Lowes. I’m not real happy with the latches, but this is a prototype. Had I known that it will look this nice, I would have used the red oak that I originally intended, with a clear finish. But I learned several things that I want to do differently, so it’s all good.
The separators in two of the drawers are 3/8” poplar square dowel with 3/16” poplar dowels. Other drawers will be configured a little differently, next time. They will be wider in the case, and will not be all the same size. I did that because of the choice that I made for carving tools- all Pfiel. One change there is that I’ll be adding the Dockyard micro chisels, and those drawers don’t need to be that deep. The extra drawer bottom in the back is for the mechanism that keeps the drawers from sliding out, as I did not make a drop face like Gerstner uses. It will probably have that drop face next time, as there is space to be gained. One thing I don’t like is the felt. Big mistake for a box used near a massive source of chips- they are hard to remove from the felt. I’ll have to figure something else for that. C&C welcome.
-- Random Orbital Nailer