|Project by Steve Erwin||posted 10-13-2012 04:00 PM||28966 views||23 times favorited||15 comments|
If you’re gonna invest a good chunk of money into quality tools, you should keep them rust-free. For about a year my hand tools were sitting on a shelf and I had to keep dusting them off and oiling them to prevent rust spots from appearing. This cabinet took me 3 or 4 months of slow, casual effort.
First I had to learn how to cut dovetails by hand.
Then I had to read up on tool cabinets. Jim Tolpin’s Toolbox Book and Christopher Schwarz’s Anarchist’s Tool Chest, specifically.
Then I had to plan the build, make the SketchUp model, and buy and mill the lumber.
And then, just because I’m still learning, I had to make a few mistakes. But it’s okay because I learned from each one, and that’s the whole point of this hobby.
Since these photos were taken, I’ve hung the saws on the insides of the doors, lined the drawers with felt, and made a little box to hold all the variety of extra plane blades. A nice dust free home for my tools with some room to grow. Future additions will include fitted slots for the chisels so they don’t roll around and adding a few more tools.
-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.