|Project by bonobo||posted 09-11-2013 03:03 AM||1685 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
When my nephew visits each summer, most of his time is spent with the neighbour’s kids but I try to get him involved in a hand tool project as well. This year we did a small version of the anarchist’s tool chest, based on this old box I found on the web.
He’s still a bit young and finds the tools awfully heavy, so I just have him do a little bit of each process and allow him to rejoin their Wii Smash Bros game.
I saved a lot of time by using only standard widths of select clear 3/4 pine. Also, the lid is lap jointed rather than through tenoned but it seems like a very sound joint because apart from the glue, the groove-in-groove panel holds it from the inside while nails through the dovetailed skirt hold it from the outside. When I make my full-sized version some day, I might just use lap joints. The bottom skirt is dovetailed but the dust seal is only mitred. I plan to do a couple of tills and will build a brake to fabricate the brass corners for the holidays.
It was a super fun project and progressed very quickly because (for a change) I didn’t get caught up in dimensioning a lot of rough wood by hand. The handles and hinges came from the hardware store and were soaked overnight in vinegar to remove the zinc plating. The lock is the Lee Valley black japanned version and required a considerable bit of work with a file before the registration pins lined up properly. I invested in a set of Lee Valley gimlets for pre-drilling the screws and they work great. If you’re working in 3/4 pine, 1 & 1/4” square nails are the best length. The skirting was glued and fixed with square headless brads.
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