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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 12-02-2017 03:47 AM 713 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

UPDATED WITH PICS OF INSIDE OF THREE DRAWERS

Drawer 1 has Dockyard micro chisels, sanders and the ever-necessary band aids.
Drawer 2 is my Flexcut knife collection
Drawer 3 is most of the Pfeil palm tools that I have

I have finally (it’s my third chest, as I have been developing storage concepts as I went along) come up with a carving tool chest that I can live with, in terms of tools available and size. It’s made with Quarter Sawn White Oak, with Baltic Birch for the drawer bottoms and red oak for the drawer sides and backs. The drawer slides are made from hard maple. I bought the hardware from Gerstner to get the knobs, corner protectors, latches and hinges to match, as opposed to chasing all over the internet.

Trials- QSWO is getting out of sight at the boutique stores. I spent way too much money on that wood. Unless I can find a cheaper source, I’ll probably not be using QSWO again. I really like the rays and flecks, but the price and availability are really getting bad. I’ve gone to less expensive stores that say they have QSWO, only to find rift sawn, if I am lucky.

The drawers are finished with satin shellac only, as the fronts seem to be some other variety of QSWO that takes the stain significantly differently, and the pores were really ugly and dark (to me) when I stained them. Needless to say, those pieces of wood ended up unused in this chest. The setup inside the drawers is the same as the other chests I have made, so I’m not including those pics.

Questions, comments and criticisms are welcome.

-- Random Orbital Nailer





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-02-2017 12:12 PM

That’s a nice-looking chest. Pictures of the drawer interiors with your new phone / camera would be interesting.

It’s also interesting you went to a drop front with knobs after trying other things. Sometimes the old ways are best?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 12-02-2017 12:45 PM

This carving tool chest is so beautiful and nicely done. It displays a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 12-02-2017 02:11 PM



That s a nice-looking chest. Pictures of the drawer interiors with your new phone / camera would be interesting.

It s also interesting you went to a drop front with knobs after trying other things. Sometimes the old ways are best?

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks! I did the previous one without knobs because I wanted drawers with more space, but with the downsizing, I could put them on. The previous one, I open the drawers by pushing a stylus in from the back. I embedded strong magnets in the drawer fronts, but they weren’t strong enough to get the drawers open. I have a vinyl rain cover for the previous one, to hold the drawers shut. Now, I need a cover for this one, if it rains. It’s 5 instead of 8 drawers, and longer, so the old cover won’t fit.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Dark_Lightning

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#4 posted 12-02-2017 02:12 PM



This carving tool chest is so beautiful and nicely done. It displays a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks! A little bit of blood, sweat and beers in this one.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 12-02-2017 02:47 PM

Very nice chest. Sorry you have price issues with QSWO. I can get it locally for $4.45 – 5.25 a board foot.

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#6 posted 12-02-2017 06:27 PM

That’s a great build there. Really love that QSWO. In my book it’s #2 behind black walnut.

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Dark_Lightning

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#7 posted 12-03-2017 03:07 AM



Very nice chest. Sorry you have price issues with QSWO. I can get it locally for $4.45 – 5.25 a board foot.

- Redoak49

Where are you (just a state is good enough)? I have to buy QSWO at the “boutique store”- Rockler, unless I go on line, and my experience with that is- I bought some “QSWO veneer”, which was curly, and had to send it back. I don’t ever want to spend what I spent on the wood for this chest again. That wood cost me more than the hardware from Gerstner, which was just under $300. :( I was in Lowes this morning and talked to a guy who was buying some poplar for a project; he asked me where my source for QSWO was, and I told him that the only place I could find it was Rockler.

Given the problem with finding QSWO, I guess I’ll start going to garage sales and cutting up old dressers and chests for the wood. ???

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 12-03-2017 03:11 AM


That s a great build there. Really love that QSWO. In my book it s #2 behind black walnut.

- BurlyBob

Thanks! I got lucky many years ago and found a bunch of black walnut (105 linear feet of 1 X 4s) for free. :D I should have just used that wood for this chest. I’d’ve saved some serious money. But I just had to have QSWO for this chest. Guess I’m crazy.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 12-03-2017 11:23 PM

Added pics of three drawers and contents. Here are the other two-

Drawer 4 is the remainder of the Pfeil palm chisels with expansion space

Drawer 5 is sharpening/honing stuff, and fine and coarse riffler files

I used several sizes of dowels to keep the chisels from hitting each other. The previous chest had all 5/16” dowels with plastic tubing which still allowed occasional contact, which of course its not good for the cutting edges.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 12-04-2017 01:01 AM

Beautifully crafted. Looks well planned.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 12-04-2017 01:33 AM

Looks good. Trying one way, then another gives you a chance to figure out which trade-offs matter to you. I like the mixed sizes of dowels.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Dark_Lightning

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#12 posted 12-04-2017 03:11 PM



Beautifully crafted. Looks well planned.

- Druid

Thanks! The third time was a charm. :)

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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