|Project by Steve Diogo||posted 02-11-2014 04:24 PM||1976 views||7 times favorited||17 comments|
Project: Dutch Tool Chest, a la Christopher Schwarz
Materials: Home center common pine; mahogany, aspen and poplar from my scrap bin for the small drawer unit; home center handles soaked in Kiwi-Strawberry Snapple, stainless screws soaked in vinegar. Reclaimed cut nails.
Finish: General Finishes Coastal Blue milk-paint, thinned 1 to 1.5 with water and a dollop of tung oil, followed by two coats of wipe on poly.
Galoot Index: I’ll give myself 85%. Used a power drill and dowel jig to attach the breadboards on the lid.
Joinery: Dovetails connecting sides to bottom. Fasteners otherwise.
This is what I consider to be my first “real” project beyond the pine farm table the chest is sitting on and some plywood bookshelves. Since I am new to woodworking and didn’t want to mess up with expensive wood, I stuck to inexpensive materials from the local home center and what I had lying around in the scrap bins. Worked without plans; figured out dimensions from watching Schwarz’s presentation of the chest on The Woodwright’s Shop and photos online. First project using dovetails. Particularly fun was working out ways to antique the hardware. Soaked zinc coated parts in Kiwi-Strawberry Snapple and stainless screws in vinegar. Biggest challenge was the saw till on the lid. Tried three different solutions before this one. Still need a way to keep the saws in place when moving the chest as they tend to slide when the lid is closed. Very pleased with the way everything turned out. Thanks to all the LJers in the Dream Tool Chest thread who helped out along the way.
More on the progress at chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com.