|Project by BloodAndSalt||posted 08-04-2013 11:21 AM||5088 views||16 times favorited||13 comments|
I read Christopher Schwarz’s book and decided to build the chest. I’ve moved every other year for the last six, and needed something to carry all my tools in safely, the latest move was overseas and I don’t trust the movers to pack things well. The cool part was when the movers just wrapped the chest up in packing paper, tools and all inside, and put the hole thing in the crate. When it came out in Italy I was nervous, but all my tools were fine, just like I’d left them. Except my smoothing plane was upside down. I guess the boat hid rough seas on the way over.
I did disobey the book as the book suggest. Instead of pine, I used red oak for the carcass and only used pine for the trays, tills and lid panel. I wanted the added strength to stand up to moving overseas. I tried using milk paint for the first time and was not happy with the results. It looked good at the store, but I just couldn’t get the consistency I’m used too with regular paint, so I think I’ll repaint it black when I get back to the US. It took about 2 and half months worth of weekends and a week of leave but I got it done on time for the move.
This was my first real project after building my work bench (which I no longer have, thank you Navy). I used hand tools for most of the work, but I was luck to have the thickness planer I inherited. But that was about it. I don’t think power tools are practical for me at this stage in my life as the weight allowance I get every time I move along with the small housing would not allow for them. So I’m pretty much forced to be a hand tool only woodworker. I did learn a lot of skills that I had never thought to try by hand before(dovetailing, mortice and tenon joints, raised panelling,jointing).
I owe Mr. Schwarz a thank you for writing an excellent book, I couldn’t put it down. And also thanks to Roy Underhill and the Woodwright’s shop for all the episodes and demonstrating what I could not understand on my own.
Also if anyone knows anything about wood working in Italy, like were to find wood to work with, please message me in the comments.