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Project by Dave posted 05-12-2011 03:25 AM 2105 views 1 time favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My tool till is finished. Keep in mind guys this was my first attempt at double bevel dovetails. I was needing a box to haul my tools around. One big enough to get a few planes, clamps and hammers all in one trip. I gel stained it with steel wool as an applicator. Then I used teak and linseed oil on it. I made the handle low profile with a trough tenon. Then wedged it and pined the wedges. I butt joined the bottom and then pinned it also. That way if I ever need to change the bottom or handle it shouldn’t be a problem. All I wanted was a simple rustic finish for it. The box will be beat up and thrown around in a matter of no time. This was practice for this method of dovetail joinery. Lots of lessons learned. I want to thank everyone hear on this site for there great input and help over the last 6 months. I had done internet research, watched videos, bought books and I could not quite get the hang of the layout. The big chopperoo showed me a jig for layout that helped me to get it done the first time. To me its simple, rustic, and utilitarian ;) thanks for the read
I bloged a little on it
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-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com





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RGtools

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#1 posted 05-12-2011 03:37 AM

Not too shabby. Nice collection of old planes, are they working hard for you?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Dave

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#2 posted 05-12-2011 03:41 AM

Thanks RGtools. The old planes built the house they are sitting in. Everything on this project was done by hand. And I can sure tell you summer is near. I sweated a little on this one.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 03:43 AM

Been there. I remember making an 8 foot long rip cut in walnut in my 108 degree shop and thinking to myself “this is the behavior of an addict”

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 05-12-2011 03:47 AM

How much water did you drink. I like smoke breaks;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#5 posted 05-12-2011 03:49 AM

Glad to see old tools getting used. Nice project and the beveled dovetails look great.

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#6 posted 05-12-2011 04:05 AM

Nice tool till. I love the dovetails, but now I know why you don’t try to keep hair on your head. You’d pul it out anyway making dovetails like that.
Couple of questions.
Related to the till:
In the last two photos I see something round (I think I do anyway) in the handle and in what I think is the bottom (last photo). Is this dowels?
Not related to the till:
The pallets. I keep meaning to ask about this. I think the boards in between the top and bottoms are some kind of particle board. I’ve never seen any that looks like it though. It seems to have more dark wood chips in it than light, something I haven’t seen before. I’m not exactly well versed in particle board, so I may sound like a complete idiot, but what can you tell me about it?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 05-12-2011 04:08 AM

Thanks neandernormite. I’m not a collector I’m a user. There is a running joke around here and it is a poke at the people at AA. ” hello my name is Dave and I am not a collector I am a user”

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#8 posted 05-12-2011 04:29 AM

I miss smoking. I bring water in my shop in the summer.

Want insulation.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

#9 posted 05-12-2011 04:38 AM

HEHE, I love it. I’ve been teasing William with my “SUPER EFFECTIVE, and PERFECT TOOL HOLDING CARYING / PORTABLE IN SHOP CABINET” idea. I love the till, I will probably work on building one very soon. By the way, tubmanslim came by last night and helped me rip and glue up my new workbench top. It’s made out of Oak I got from William. I think it will be known as the New Fangled Roubo. I don’t want to say any more, but the name should give a good idea of what I have planned to be planed….....

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 04:59 AM

Hey Dave – that turned out fantastic – not an easy project to pull off and you did it big time…..I am defineately going to need your help in the near future with your plane expertise to flatten this bench I’m working on….

So whats next?

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 05:03 AM

William yes they are dowels. I am trying to stay with the old joinery methods that are tried and true. The bottom will move. The dowels should give a little but keep the bottom attached. There are no mechanical fasteners in this project. I know the tails wont give way. The handle slides in then is centered in the till. I wedged it from the outside and then pinned with dowels them in so they would not come loose. If the handle breaks I can remove the rest and apply a new one. The handle mortice and tenon are not glued. Now the pallets. We use a device called a ups at work (uninterrupted power supply) it uses large batteries. This is what they ship it to us on. And yes it is a recycled particle board made with a resin or poxy. It is a pretty hard substance.
KTTM I am drawing a blank on tubmanslim. You have me on the edge of my chair scratching my chin. Now will I get a sneak peak when I stop by to pick you up? were on a mission code named lumberjock wood trek.

I still want to put a chisel holder inside so the edges stay separated. Mainly when I am not hauling around tools I will keep it under my bench and put jigs, bench dogs and such in it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#12 posted 05-12-2011 05:17 AM

Thanks Jeff.

As far as flatting the bench there are a few things we will need. Shopping list. 1. three anvils 2. 50’ of tug boat rope 3. an ole ford truck 4. 4 miles of straight flat road. method 1. build bench 2. turn upside down and attach anvils 3. tie rope to bench then truck 4. drive fast 5. turn over and wala flat bench jk;)

Be glad to help.

Now next is a particle board bookshelf in my room that I hate. I have a lot of red oak and I think it would please my wife to build her a nice one.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#13 posted 05-12-2011 05:23 AM

HA – I have the ole ford truck so I’m 1/4 of the way there!! I hope the roads don’t need to be dry cause our snow craze has now turned to rain….and a bit of hail….

Thanks for the sound advice.

Good luck on the bookshelf…..

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#14 posted 05-12-2011 05:31 AM

Seriously Jeff You are going to need a large set of winding sticks. 2 metal studs would be great. Try as hard as you can to get the grain sloped all the same way. What are the measurements of the top?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

#15 posted 05-12-2011 05:36 AM

Yes, you will get a sneak peak of the bench. At the rate I’m already working, it may be finished in a couple of weeks. When you get done with the anvils and truck, swing by my place. Of course with the potholes around here, the bench might work like a truck anchor. I see a new axle in the future. Also, dave, since you and Tubmanslim are the dovetail experts that I know, your expertise will be needed when I get ready to skirt this bench and cut these mortise / tenon joints.
As far as getting my top semi level, I feel that my power planer is going to see a good bit of use in roughing things down to size.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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