|Project by Joe Brumley||posted 07-24-2008 03:25 PM||2550 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
I have finally completed my toolbox with the addition of the tool tills. The two tills that are simply boxes were really straight forward even though I did manage to layout and cut the tails on the first one I made on the ends instead of the sides.
The saw till on the other hand took a little more working through. I managed to layout and cut the dovetails relatively quickly but then came the challenge of trying to figure out the most efficient method for fitting the ends to the ledger. I ended up using my table saw with my cross-cut sled and getting really close to the fit then bringing it home with my rabbet block plane. This is the first time I had worked with thin material and after resawing some of the wood bowed. This made hand planeing and putting the pieces together a little more challenging. Also the saw box does not rest flat against the sides of the case because the top of it bows out slightly. A minor detail since it is my tool box and it holds tools really well but if someone was paying me for it I would have gotten another board. Another thing that I did was under cut the dovetails on the saw box. I didn’t think about the fact that I would be removing material from the ends and how that might cause a gap to appear. Well that is exactly what happened and in a couple of spots there are gaps between the tail and the seat of the pin. If you look close at the second picture you can see what I am talking about in the second tail from the top on the right. Woodworking is a constant learning experience isn’t it.
For a finish I decided to try my hand at spraying shellac. My shop is not really a good place to spray a finish as the furnace is in there and the fumes end up all throughout the house. For my first time at spraying shellac it went ok, but I can see that I have a lot of practicing to do at spraying a finish. The spray gun I use is the Wagner Fine Spray that sells for about $100. I am pleased with how well it works, I just need to use it more often.
Well that’s it for now. Enjoy.
-- Joe, Indiana, http://www.crookedshack.com