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Working with recycled timber #77: AKs ToolMakers Chest Widening the overall frame

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-12-2017 02:37 AM 4993 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Its been 2 years since I did any work on this toolmakers chest for a friend, it ran aground due to me not having enough skills to built it so it would actually work.

The problem I introduced was the lack of space at the front when the drawer fronts and handles were fitted, the front door would not fit.

We discussed the problem and looked at getting recessed handles and all that sort of variations to overcome the problem.

One line of thought was to add material at the back and move everything reawards, only problem was that it would leave heaps of routed areas exposed at the sides right at the face.

Well nothing really happened until this weekend I saw the unfinished project sitting amoung the various items I make and just stash away.

So I decided it was time to stop avoiding the issue and extend the frame re do the dovetails and generally “get onto it”

First up I milled up some more Kauri pine the do the job.
Then biscuit jointed them all on, only this time I decided to go with adding the extensions to the front.
This made the depth of the Chest 325mm.

Here is the base and part of one side

Here is a full shot of the side.

Once they were dry I sanded off the overlap and set up my Gifkins Dovetail Jig and cut the additional dovetails and pins.

Fitted everything up dry assembled and cut the front door to suit.
Dismantled the assembly and routed runners for the front door glued in one side of the dovetails and reassembled it all again

How noticable is the add in. LH side


RH Side

Happy with the progress I decided to stop for a while and continue another day.

How did I manage to re route the dovetails with the Gifkins Jig with the timber now at 325mm?
Have a look at my tool tip if you own a Gifkins dovetail Jig, it is possible.

-- Regards Robert



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Boxguy

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#1 posted 08-12-2017 03:43 AM

Wow, Rob, this looks to be some fine craftsmanship. Hope it continues t go well. Lots of problems to solve when you are extending the capacity of a tool. Keep tool boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 08-12-2017 06:43 PM

That is really a COOL tool chest!

Looks like your DT’s came out OK… Are the tails pointing downward to give the BOTTOM more strength to stay on the Sides?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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robscastle

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#3 posted 08-12-2017 08:55 PM

Hello Joe,

When I set about laying out the frame I wondered aboout the orientation of the dovetails along with other design aspects of the Chest.

I decided on the design that way to be able to dismantle the frame as I went. So there was no other consideration about orientation so to answer your question I would have to say no the strength is in the sides, hence the bottom could “fall off”.

What are yor thoughts?

-- Regards Robert

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crowie

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#4 posted 08-12-2017 10:02 PM

Very nicely done Rob….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 08-13-2017 09:30 PM

That looks great, Rob! The add-ons blend very well. As there is no actual weight on the bottom (right?) I’d say you chose wisely in the orientation of the dovetails. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 12:25 AM



Hello Joe,

When I set about laying out the frame I wondered aboout the orientation of the dovetails along with other design aspects of the Chest.

I decided on the design that way to be able to dismantle the frame as I went. So there was no other consideration about orientation so to answer your question I would have to say no the strength is in the sides, hence the bottom could “fall off”.

What are yor thoughts?

- robscastle

Well, Rob, I guess you will just have to make ANOTHER one with the DT’s properly oriented to keep the Bottom on! :) :D LOL

... or you could SCREW this one to Help it… :)

It’s still a beautiful Chest!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 08-16-2017 11:05 AM

Glad to see you came up with a fix to the problem Robert.

When ever I am stumped on a project, I find if I put it aside and walk away from it, over time of thought, I’ve been able to come up with a solution to the fix.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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robscastle

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#8 posted 08-16-2017 10:41 PM

Blackie, Thats what we effectively did, we couldnt find suitable handles, for it fiddled about looking at recessed ring type but all were too small for the finished drawers so it got “shelved” for future thought. It was the topic of discussion a few months ago we got it out “looked at it” and put it back again!

Just goes to show you can get too close to a problem and lose your creative thought process.

-- Regards Robert

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