|Project by RS Woodworks||posted 02-22-2012 03:12 AM||5162 views||10 times favorited||26 comments|
A few days ago my father turned 65 yrs old. For his birthday, I built a display case to house the family tools, so that they may be preserved and proudly displayed for more generations to come. I met my parents this weekend in Banff, and presented it to my dad there. It was very well received. My Opa (grandfather) worked in a ship yard in Rotterdam 70 to 80 years ago. These were some of his tools, and some of these tools were likely his fathers and possibly grandfathers as well. More details of the tools with detailed pictures can be seen here.
The case is made of solid cherry, about 7/8” thick. I used a band of maple inlay in the glass frame, and wenge corner keys. I tried to pay hommage to the art of using hand tools as my grandfather, his father and their forefathers did. So I used hand tools as much as I could on this project. Not exclusively, but quite a bit. The dovetails are handcut and one of my first real attempts on a project. The parts were hand planed, hand scraped (including the profiles which were routered). The dimensions are 54” x 34” and 5 1/2” deep. The glass is 3 mm and held in place with a strip of cherry and picture frame tabs. The tools are all attached to the black melamine background with brass wire. And in addition, the planes sit on brass dowels epoxied into a hole in the back. I used a brass piano hinge and brass catches at the bottom. The case will very rarely be opened but I wanted that ability, plus the glass can easily be replaced if its ever broken.
Sorry for the low quality pics, my good camera is at work and this camera seems to be getting worse and worse! Thanks for looking and enjoy!
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