|Project by rivercitywoodworker||posted 08-16-2013 01:06 PM||1103 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Prior to this project, I had no space to store tools inside. The tools I used frequently were kept in a canvas carpenter’s bag inside, but the rest were placed in practice drawers in my crawl space. This arrangement was adequate, if inconvenient, until Richmond, Virginia experienced the wettest summer I could recall.
My dismay came to a head when I reached for my jointer plane only to discover a fine coating of rust covering it along with the rest of my planes. I began reviewing different sketchup models for tool chests and went to work.
The chest’s sides are constructed out of white ash and red oak, with the front and back made out of eastern white pine. The joinery for the case and skirts are through dovetails. The bottom is 3/4” hardwood plywood screwed on to the case bottom. The skirts are simply fitted and glued onto the case sides and reinforced with no. 6 woodscrews. Eastern white pine battens are screwed into the bottom and then casters screwed onto the battens.
The finish used is two coats of Tavern Green milk paint from The Real Milk Paint Company. The scrolling vine pattern was done freehand with water based acrylic paint and camel hair artist brushes. Two coats of butcher block oil were applied to deepen the color and give a little more water protection than the milk paint alone.
If I had to build the chest again, I would use rabbets for the bottom and top skirts and apply a molding to hide any gaps. Since I needed this chest built quickly, I forwent the moldings. I like the painted vine pattern since it fills up empty space, but the acrylic paint was rather difficult to apply. As a result, the vines look sloppy to my eye with their thickness varying too much. Perhaps using a stiffer brush or oil based paint would have been a more appropriate choice. I’d be eternally grateful for any tips or instruction in painting patterns like this.