|Project by Shopsmithtom||posted 10-05-2009 06:13 PM||4018 views||30 times favorited||17 comments|
Things always take longer to finish than you originally figure…at least for me. I started out this project as a pair of hanging tool cabinets to organize my woodworking hand tools & I cut all the basic parts at the same time as the only differences are the inside compartments, but considering how long it took to figure out the tool arrangement in the first one, I decided to finish the second one after I’m well on my way to completing the Christmas presents for the kids.
After completing this one, I have to stand in awe of H.O. Studley and his amazing tool chest If you haven’t seen it, go to Google images & put in Studley tool box. I managed to get (when finally tweaked) about 75 tools in the chest, & he found a way to get over 300 into roughly the same area. Oh, well, no mother of pearl or ebony, either.
The box is made from oak, with the back being 3/4’ baltic birch and the front being birch plywood recycled from a slide out kitchen cabinet shelf. Corner joints are rabbeted & screwed together with brass screws. I still plan to add some chest handles to the sides to facilitate carrying. It’s heavy without the tools in it, but I didn’t want it to fall apart under the weight of the tools when full. It’s hung on the wall using French cleats. Now, as long a my wall doesn’t collapse…
Inside shelves & compartments are of recycled pine. The piano hinges (I got a whole bunch) came from our local landfill recycle store @ $2. for a big lot. To get at the chisels in the rear, I used a cabinet hinge to allow the front shelf to pivot out for access. The lower compartments were to be drawers, and I’m still debating that issue.
I’d like to say that I only used the tools in the box to complete the project, but I’d still be working on it if that were the case. While I did use planes & chisels, my old Shopsmiths took on the bulk of the work load.
While I look forward to doing the kids Christmas projects, it’s fun making something just for me. -SST
-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you