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Project by ayryq posted 505 days ago 3166 views 33 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A project from a plan in Popular Woodworking, ten smallish drawers for easy-to-lose tools in the workshop. Made of solid poplar, and plywood scraps (drawer bottom and back). Drawer joinery is butt joints and glue, plus a few pneumatic brads to hold things aligned. Carcase joinery is butt joints and screws (with walnut plugs). Drawer pulls are cut from walnut with a plug cutter. I don’t recommend this technique if you have a tapered plug cutter. Might work with a straight one. I couldn’t get a clean “back” to the plug; wound up sanding them all on the disc sander.

Finished with orange shellac. Turned out kind of orange (should I have been surprised?), but the poplar might brown a little bit eventually.

I have some other workshop projects to post, but they tend to stop after “works” and before “finished.”





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RogerInColorado

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#1 posted 505 days ago

I really like this. What issue of PW was it from?

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#2 posted 505 days ago

do you still have the plans for this?

-- Ben L

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CL810

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#3 posted 505 days ago

Well done!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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ayryq

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#4 posted 505 days ago

It was from August 03, but was also in a digital pamphlet they’re giving away to subscribers called “workshop storage solutions,” and again in a book “Building the Perfect Tool Chest” by Jim Stack. The plans were sort of weird, mostly pictures with captions, and several steps either sketchy or missing. For example, those dados are 2” on center. Nowhere did the plan say this; I had to work it out with my calculator. They took three or four pictures to show how to lay out the curves, though.

The beading makes it look more complicated than it is. The drawer base (1/4” plywood) is wider than the drawer (the drawer frame is just glued to it) and rides in 1/4” dados in the sides.

http://books.google.com/books?id=m_N99oYmCaIC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

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scrollsaw

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#5 posted 505 days ago

I like it great job.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 505 days ago

Nice, looks great.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Danimaller

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#7 posted 505 days ago

i see a lot of soon to be dull files.
nice job on the box

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KelvinGrove

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#8 posted 505 days ago

Now on my “to build” list. Thanks!

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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ayryq

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#9 posted 505 days ago

A lot of files might be an understatement. This isn’t even all of them. And “already dull” would be more accurate. How do you store hundreds of tiny files?

Those are all hand-me-downs from my grandpa; he had them in a cigar box. Used them for detailing woodcarvings, mostly. I had them on a high shelf in a bankers box, thought at least here they might see some use.

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docholladay

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#10 posted 505 days ago

I really like this chest. Well done. I much prefer to use shallow drawers like this for appropriate tools so that they don’t get buried under each other so much. Nice job.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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docholladay

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#11 posted 505 days ago

FYI. Old Files can often be resharpened by soaking them in an appropriate etching acid such as citric or acetic acid. I’ve used common white vinegar before, but it takes about a week. It really works well. Just Google, Acid Sharpening Files and you will find all kinds of info.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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489tad

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#12 posted 505 days ago

Very nice job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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DaddyZ

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#13 posted 505 days ago

Nice little Cabinet !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 505 days ago

This makes a wonderful tool box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#15 posted 504 days ago

very nice

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