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Project by Bertha posted 01-12-2011 04:23 PM 1898 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a home for my rehabbed antique chisels & wanted to put my hand tools through some paces. I built the case out of cheap poplar stock from Lowe’s. The surfaces were hand planed with the trusty 40, 7, 5, 4, and 80. The carcass is assembled with hand-cut dovetails. The rebates were executed with a 78. Dovetail dividers by hand. It houses my collection of Winchester & Butcher socket chisels utilizing a variety of wood handles turned on the lathe with tenoned leather butts. My favorite paring chisel is the one at the extreme right with a fat olivewood handle.

I plan to execute a proper ultilitarian chest of drawers out of a more pleasing wood. Thanks for looking! Al

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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#1 posted 01-12-2011 04:54 PM

Thanks Barry! I’m noticing your signature & it’s particularly relevant to this project! I’m not confident enough to try a new technique on a piece of $15/BF lumber that I spent a week dimensioning. I couldn’t agree with you more; I cut more poplar & pine than I do cherry and walnut. Thanks for the comment, Al

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 09:51 PM

niicee chest with a great toolcollection in it or is it only exclusive cheiselchest

good job on both the chest and on the lathe

take care
Dennis

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 09:59 PM

Thanks Dennis, it started off as a chisel-only chest. Eventually, my No45’s worked their way into the “plane cave” at the bottom & some frequently reached-for measuring tools occupied the top. I tend to reach for my sawed-off Marples & 2-cherries for routine tasks & really only got into the chest for mortise chisels. I’ve got about 20 E-bay’d Butchers that need some attention. I’ll definitely share them when completed. Thanks for the comment! Al

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 10:25 PM

huu something I will look forward to see
next from homemade tools refurbed/restored is the best thing to use
gives a speciel feeling when you can tuch the history of the former owner and craftsman :-)

Dennis

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 03:39 PM

Wauuu some beauties, I had to check out after our words, happy tor hear the wonderful round butt is the favorite, you know why.
Wonderful work you have done.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 01-13-2011 05:11 PM

Laughing with MaFe! What’s better to love?

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 01-13-2011 11:05 PM

Envious of the work and chisel collection. I just picked up two more chisels that I have to re-hab.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 05:26 PM

Nice chisels. Did you restore them yourself? I have bought a few old ones from ebay

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 05:28 PM

Rice Man, I did restore them myself & like you, I’m an avid Ebay hunter. I’m big on Butcher & Witherby but any chisel is welcome in my shop. I hope you’ll share yours one of these days!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 05:13 PM

Stopped to look at your projects after seeing your Andy comment. This chest has a good visual feel. Maybe its the picture composition, but I think its because of the chisels?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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