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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 05-31-2015 04:10 PM 1045 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 05-31-2015 04:37 PM

Nice one.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 05-31-2015 06:02 PM

Thanks!

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 06:44 PM

This is a beautiful tool chest. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 05-31-2015 07:20 PM

Great job on the tool chest. I’m planning on making myself one and it’s good to have some examples to follow. Now we need to see some of your carving work. Cheers.

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 12:59 AM

Thanks, guys! Pic 3 shows the start of the Grape Man wood spirit carving by Lora S. Irish. It’s a long way from done. I like wood carving, so far. I don’t use a hammer, just palm chisels so far, so it is a nice quiet activity, almost like a therapy. Now, making the chest was a pretty noisy activity- table saw, band saw and router. I’m finding that I like the less noisy woodworking activities. Gaaahh! I may turn into a Galoot!

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#6 posted 06-01-2015 05:14 PM

Very nicely done.

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

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#7 posted 06-02-2015 01:42 AM



Very nicely done.

- HillbillyShooter

Thanks!

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#8 posted 06-27-2015 05:35 PM

beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I love it, the detail is excellent, especially the tool layout.

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#9 posted 10-04-2015 11:55 PM

OK, I was asked to expand on the tool layout. I have made some updates. One reason was to stop the possibility of contact of the chisel cutting ends with the ferrules or handles of the opposing side’s chisels. I went from 3/16” to 5/16” diameter dowels, same .8” on center spacing for them. The newer block that the dowels are in is 3-1/2” across (about 5/8” wider than the old method), and 5/16” thick. No more potential chisel damage. Some of the chisels (spoons, in particular, but those with larger handles, as well) would jump the center divider, so I have added strips in a couple of places to stop them. Counting in five chisels on the top row, you can see where I wrote the style and size of the chisels on the center divider. It is a #11 1mm veiner. Gotta get some better camera skills…

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 10-05-2015 12:06 AM

I’m making a new, smaller chest to carry the palm and micro chisels around. The current chest weighs 30 pounds empty, and is about 1/2 full. That will put the final weight at about 60 pounds, which isn’t that much, but is a little unwieldy in a classroom setting- current weight is 45.5 pounds, loaded. The new chest is about half the volume of the original.


beautiful! Thanks for sharing! I love it, the detail is excellent, especially the tool layout.

- jim65

Thanks!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 07-12-2016 08:49 PM

I just came across this posting, and I have to say that I really like your solution for the palm chisels. Nicely done.
I’m also curious as to how the Grape Man wood spirit from Lora’s pattern is coming along. She does have a lot of beautiful patterns, and she’s a great teacher if you get the opportunity to meet her in person.
Thanks for sharing.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 07-13-2016 02:56 PM

Thanks! One update to the design will be to have larger pegs for the narrower chisels. Currently, they can touch each other in transport. Not enough for edge damage yet, but I don’t want that to even be possible.

I’ll be getting a new cell phone shortly, and hope that I can get some non-blurry pictures with it. It is done being carved, I just haven’t “finished” it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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