|Project by TDog||posted 04-18-2012 03:22 AM||3451 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
This is my first mostly hand crafted project; an heirloom tool chest based on a FWW plan. One picture shows the finished chest with stain applied. Another picture shows the top view without stain highlighting the frame and panel lid. One of the pictures shows the glued up panels stacked up after I final hand cut the dovetails with much fun and frustration. Another picture shows how the frame and panel life actually fits together with some mallet taps to say the least. Finally, one of the pictures shows the unstained chest with finished tool trays and particular tools in place. I finally stained it In the first of July of 2012. It took a while to settle on a style and color of finish. I am very satisfied. MinWax brand stain with a pre-conditioner used. It is a color a bit darker then “Early American.” The chest is made mostly of Southern Yellow Pine from a home center in our area. I have divided the inside at the bottom for hand planes and added a sliding tray up top for smaller hand tools. It is a smaller scale tool chest as opposed to C. Schwarz’ Anarchist Tool Chest design.
I cleaned out my previous open cabinet and single drawer for this storage method after plenty of dust covered my hand tools because of some machine work earlier on other projects. Learning more about cutting dovetails and mortise and tenons has been plenty of fun. That is also my first shot at hand cutting a mortise and tenon joint for the frame and panel lid. Obviously I still have lots to learn. But, it is plenty of fun and relieves lots of stress getting lost in the handwork per say.
I did use the table saw quite a bit for ripping the parts and some crosscutting of parts. The glue ups at different times was extremely challenging using mostly pipe clamps, glue, and a dead blow mallet. I am still debating on paint or a natural stain or finish for it to show the joinery. However, after seeing more professional work, I may opt to paint this chest anyway. But then again, I am in it because I love working wood. No matter how out of center or imperfect the end result may be. The pursuit of great work is a reward in itself.
Brass handles for carrying and the prep and finish are almost all that’s left. And, man…does this little chest hold lots of hand tools. It’s made much more space available on the old workbench and saw horses…
Tools mostly used…
Marples chisels, LN Dovetail saw, stanley square, smaller hammer, stanley bevel, titebond II, pipe clamps, self centering ruler, irwin clamps, Elmer’s wood glue, Dunlap Block Plane, Stanley Jack and Smoothing Plans, Lowe’s pine lumber, sander, and a few other tools, can’t wait to build another project in the months to come…I will post a barn wood coffee table I built a little later.
-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23