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Project by theoldfart posted 796 days ago 2421 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this in an article by Chris Schwartz. I have a lot of iron and steel stuff laying around so seemed like a good idea. So I drew up the plans based on the article and started. Little did I know there was a BOOK ! However when I checked the book I was pretty close to dead on; dumb luck.
The wood is poplar except for the bottom which is pine. All the joinery is hand done including the tongue and groove on the bottom. All the ploughing and tongue and groove was done with a Record 405. Not sure about finish so raw for now. The hardest part was fitting the mortis lock.
I would recommend getting the book The Anarchists Tool Chest. The writing is dead on too folks who lean towards hand tools.
I still have to complete the interior; saw till and sliding trays. Oh. and the chisel mark on my thumb is healing quite well!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin





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Texchappy

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#1 posted 796 days ago

May the Schwarz be with you. Nice chest.

+1 on the book.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 796 days ago

Oldfart – very nice job on that chest! Will you have inside sliders at some point, and saw till? Fitting those after might be tough, so I’m curious. Again, well done, she’s a beauty!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Bluepine38

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#3 posted 796 days ago

I kinda sorta resemble your nickname, but looking at your dovetail joints on that box, I have quite a ways to
go before I can match your skill. Great looking chest and like both of us it is a work in progress, please keep
us posted on the interior construction and the finish. While I have not been practicing on my hands with my
chisels lately, I do keep a good supply of bandaids handy in the shop, and usually have one or two in my
pocket. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 796 days ago

smitty, I will post a couple of pics as I’m doing the till and trays. I needed to get the shell done for a show on June 1’st

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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kenn

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Excellent chest, I prefer to think of my blood marks as little bit of DNA that I choose to leave on each project so future generations will know that it was my hands, and blood, that made that project. Can’t have some Antiques Roadshow Expert confusing my work with somebodiy else’s work!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 795 days ago

nothing good come up without blod swett and tears … may you heal well :-)
great work

Dennis

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TropicalWW

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#7 posted 795 days ago

Beautiful work! I’ll be curious how you figure out what should go in which tray. I’ve been playing around with different ways of organizing my chest and while everything fits just fine, I find there are a few things I have to dig for. I’m sure there is a better way and as I use the chest more and more that way will show itself.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 795 days ago

Very nice tool chest. Congratulations.

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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