|Project by Arminius||posted 11-09-2013 05:55 PM||1746 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
After a year filled with renovations, outdoor projects, home improvement etc. (note workshop insulation still visible..), finally finished something. A simple tool rack to clear space on the bench while I work. The design is from a Lee Valley/PWW handout on tool storage, though I believe it showed up in the April 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking. The article itself has has a good write-up, so I won’t bother go into detail on the process.
I probably could have finished it fairly quickly, but I wanted to use it to work on my hand tool skills, particularly planing. I started with rough pine boards, which at about $0.80/bf means this was a very cheap project. The pegs are turned from maple, the finish is spar varnish thinned down to wipe on.
1. For some reason, the article has the peg holes drilled after assembly, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. If I was using a drill press, I would definitely want to do them beforehand.
2. Hand planing pine is finicky, it was definitely a lesson in sharpening. The softness of the wood allows quick progress at first, but tearout is phenomenally easy to produce. The only way I found to control it was to keep the blades very sharp.
3. I got much faster with the 6-step milling process, so it was certainly worthwhile. For most of the work, I only really had a low-angle jack, a #4, and a Veritas bevel-up smoother. Definitely want to finish reconditioning a real jointer and a try plane/#5 before I do another hand-only project.
4. It took me all of 10 minutes to fill the rack and realize that in addition to saw and plane tills, I need a chisel rack – probably a whole tool cabinet. Still, for now I really like having the shelf space and rack right above the bench.