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Venturing into Parts Unknown - Hand Tool/Plane Storage #4: Plane till awaits finish - dutch tool chest in process

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 06-15-2017 02:14 AM 4887 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Almost! But not quite! Part 4 of Venturing into Parts Unknown - Hand Tool/Plane Storage series Part 5: Dutch Tool Chest - shiplapped back »

so for those of you following along on this journey of mine that seriously resembles one of Billy’s walks from the Family Circus cartoons, the plane till is working fabulously and is mostly complete. I still need to mount a small ledge for my router plane, and figure out how to mount my Stanley 78 up there and voila! I may also turn half of the bottom ledge into a drawer space to hold fences and such but for now – it’s doing what I need it to do.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine disassembled shelves in her home and asked me if I’d like the wood. 15-20 year old s4s 3/4” 1X12 pine. Sure! I drove over and loaded it all in my truck. She asked me what I was going to do with it. I said – I don’t know but I’ll try to think of something good. I started thinking about all the times I travel and would like to have a small bench and tool chest to go with me that I could work on small projects with. I was intrigued by Chris Schwartz’s article on the Dutch tool chest and decided to go for it.

I rough cut the front, sides, bottom and back boards to length. I got a little ahead of the game when I was looking at the boards for the back and realized I had no idea how to do a shiplap joint (and I even watch Fixer Upper! :D). So I went ant watched a few Youtube videos and realized it was just a rabbet joint on opposite sides of the board. Seems simple enough for a newbie hand tool worker. A leftie hand tool worker at that! :D

I checked the boards I had cut for the back to see where there were knots, etc. I remembered having picked one board that would have to be rip cut to size in the end anyway and set that aside as last. the boards seemed pretty flat for being 15/20 years old so I began cutting rabbets 3/8” deep and 1/4” wide on the 3/4” boards. Keeping the Stanley 78 from going to one side or the other is a tough gig!

I was able to get them all done over the course of two evenings. I know there’s fine tuning that will need to be done, but I slowed myself down and went back to the directions. I figured Mr. Schwartz knows something about what he’s doing and he says to do the sides and bottom first. Off to start learning/practicing dovetails!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.



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HerbC

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#1 posted 06-15-2017 03:17 AM

Nice job on the rabbets for the shiplap panels.

Be Careful.

Good Luck!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#2 posted 06-15-2017 04:18 AM

Nice start up.

Done yet?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 06-15-2017 12:30 PM

Looking good! I love older (seasoned? dry? vintage?) 1x boards and use them a lot for shop fixtures / furniture just like you’re doing. It’s the perfect re-use.

Keeping the Stanley 78 from going to one side or the other is a tough gig!

Is that because you’re a lefty? Oh, and some was on the sole (bottom and cutting side) and on the fence that hits the workpiece goes a long way towards improving the performance of the #78.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 06-15-2017 02:30 PM



Looking good! I love older (seasoned? dry? vintage?) 1x boards and use them a lot for shop fixtures / furniture just like you re doing. It s the perfect re-use.

Keeping the Stanley 78 from going to one side or the other is a tough gig!

Is that because you re a lefty? Oh, and some waX on the sole (bottom and cutting side) and on the fence that hits the workpiece goes a long way towards improving the performance of the #78.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


Fixed..hope ya don’t mind.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 06-15-2017 02:51 PM

Awesome, that does make more sense Gene. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 06-15-2017 03:14 PM

@Bandit only you could be done so quick! wanna teach me how to cut dovetails this weekend? I’ll pack my chisels :p

@Smitty thanks! I’ll put some wax on the sole – I don’t know if it’s because I’m a lefty/newbie or both to be honest…I really tried hard to make sure I didn’t cut the rabbets on the same sides of those boards! I was using both the board fence and the depth stop so it’s not out a lot in the spots it is. I know it’s out in places because the rabbets on some boards don’t fit perfectly into the other board. it’s a learning curve, right? I may try setting the 45 up for future grooves though – i think there’s shelf dadoes needed. for now I’m more worried about dovetails since I haven’t really ever done them.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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PinoyChannel

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#7 posted 06-15-2017 03:14 PM

Wao that’s really amazing wood work :)

-- Ceo at https://www.pinoytvshows.me/

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#8 posted 06-15-2017 03:21 PM

You know, Stanley made some really cool tools to help you clean up those rabbets…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 06-15-2017 03:53 PM

I’ve never been able to get comfortable with a 78.

Smitty, you left out the venerable router plane out of your cleanup list. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 06-15-2017 04:21 PM

I’ve never tried the router plane for that job. Is that your go-to, Wayne? Nice case, BTW!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 06-15-2017 04:34 PM

The Veritas on the left is my main user. The case is from Lee valley. It works well. Routers are very good at cleaning up the bottom of rabbits.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 10-21-2017 08:55 PM

You are pro in your field thumbs up (y)

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