|Project by Ollie||posted 07-06-2012 03:09 PM||4521 views||21 times favorited||20 comments|
This is my new toolbox. I made a chisel holder and the drawers to this toolbox a while ago (see previous post).
But I was not sure on the design for the outer case. I decided on this Canadian hard Maple and American black Walnut, it is a classic combination and I like the contrast.
I used one board for the front to match the grain on all the drawers from top to bottom, which I am quite pleased with.
Because I could not find very wide maple, I joined 2 boards together and made sure the best grain was at the top centre.
I decided to go for hand cut dovetails on the case corners as practice makes perfect, and I certainly needed some practice.
The dovetails took a lot of concentration and care, also time. They are not perfect but not too bad either.
I cut the joints with a Japanese back saw and Oire Nomi chisels.
The Drawers are on nice ball bearing slides which I chose as they work smoothly and allow me to fully extend the drawers.
I made 3 or 4 test handles before settling on this design, first i routered out a stopped cove on the back of a board before cutting each piece off and rounding over the top. I needed to make sure there was a flat big enough to securely screw them in from the back.
I finished the toolbox with OSMO oil rubbing with a 1000 grit webbing pad.
Now I just need to make more partitions and work out where to put what.
-- Ollie, UK.