|Project by Paul M||posted 03-21-2013 01:28 PM||3875 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
Well, several years back, I built a couple of portable fly tying boxes to get my materials in order, and they worked out well for awhile. Now the old problem cropped up again= out of space and resorting to shoe boxes and tin cans in a tomato box. Bit disorganized and non too elegant. Since I also build a few rods and have a little archery thing going on, I needed to rethink and get things in one place. Now the cellar is devoted to wood work and bicycle maintenance.
My design has gone in a different direction than most fly tying units I have seen. Most seem to look like a table with a unit built on top. My goal is to make them as a piece of furniture that doubles as a practical work area. Actually built 3 units, but the third one, seen in one shot, is not going to be used.
The units mortise and tenon and are Oak for the main structures and oak plywood for panels and some drawer bottoms. The larger base unit has a top that slides forward to give extra knee room, and removes to reveal a hidden compartment, for storage of secret fly’s and rare materials. And it’s sort of fun to have hidden compartments. All but the bottom drawers, of the large piece, have notched sides for partitions, for even more segregation, of “stuff”.
This set is sort of a conceptual thing, as I wanted to see how pieces could fit in several ways. The small boxes on top are from the past project.
1. The two can be used as shown.
2. The smaller piece can be turned at right angles to the large one and used in a doorway so the drawers open to the side. (this drawer arrangement was sometimes done in Shaker Sewing pieces and on Sailing ships for charts.)
3. the small unit can be placed on top of the larger one to save floor space.(In this instance the portable chests would not be used.)
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