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tool chest saga #2: Done......well almost

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Blog entry by theoldfart posted 09-19-2012 10:13 PM 1660 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally completed the interior. Three sliding trays and saw storage on the lid. Tray bottoms are white oak shiplapped and pine sides The drawer slips are red or white oak (whatever was available). I used cut nails for their holding power. They were a bugger to get out when I had to redo one bottom so I figure the bottoms are good for some time. The ring pulls are shutter pulls from a local blacksmith.

I had a bit of a disaster soon after filling the chest, a gutter failed and emptied into the window well in my shop. Just my luck we had almost 4 ” of rain! While the chest is on wheels and did not get wet, the dry wood soaked up a lot of moisture from the air and rusted the bottom and some sides of EVERY plane. Spent a week cleaning and lapping soles. Did I mention that the dehumidifier quit at the same time, motor ran but did not pull out any moisture.

I bought some Zerust liner material from Lee Valley and lined all the trays as well as the bottom of the saw till. I also wipe all the tools with camelia oil before putting them back.

The handles are from a disintegrating flea market tool chest I got for five bucks. Made a template to rout the handle portion and used a 71 hand router to flush mount the handle plate.

I’m still undecided on a finish for the exterior. Possibly water or alcohol based dye, or maybe a thinned milk paint.I’m just a beginner and I spent a LOT of time on the dovetails and carcass fitting so I want the joinery to show.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin



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Pete Pedisich

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 12:27 AM

Sorry to hear about the flood… been through that before, painful!
Excellent job on the chest, I really like the side handles and the poplar.
I like milk paint but your dovetails look so clean, and poplar does improve with age (IMO)

Thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 05:39 AM

Is Tarzan your best mate when this has to go on the back of the ute??\RB

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GrandpaLen

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 05:29 PM

She’s a Beauty.

...from the joinery to the protective storage, great attention to detail.

Very nice fit and finish. _ Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 05:37 PM

Very nicely done, OldFart! What lockset did you use? Your keyhole sits high / closer to the top edge than most I’ve seen. And that’s something I’m looking for. Thanks for posting!

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

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 09:18 PM

Nice Looking Chest !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 11:08 PM

Thanks for the comments, Smitty the lockset is from Lee Valley item # 00P36.35, and RB there is no way in H…. that this thing is leaving my cellar full. It is 100 + pounds empty and I’m guessing its roughly 250 lbs full !

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 03:25 AM

OF, thanks! I’ll check it out for my tool chest!

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

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bonobo

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#8 posted 11-02-2012 02:53 AM

I’m considering doing mine with a slightly lower wall on the saw till so that the bottom sliding till could slide all the way to the front. Does this sound like a worthwhile modification? I figured it would be easier to see the contents of the tills if they were arrayed withh the bottom one in front. Or does it work just as well with the lower till at the back?

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 11-03-2012 02:53 PM

bonobo,
I kept the saw till wall at its original plan height to accommodate storing saw sharpening stuff underneath the saws. I’ve not had much difficulty in seeing the tray contents as I can push the bottom tray back against the wall and pull the two top trays forward. The only change I would make is in the height of the lid. Another inch higher and I would have more room for my try squares and the like. BTW outstanding job on the saw vise.
kevin

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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bonobo

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#10 posted 11-03-2012 05:36 PM

Thanks for the answer. Bummer about the rust because I thought one of the main benefits of wood over a metal tool chest was the ability to protect stuff from moisture. I suppose a coat of paint will provide a moisture barrier but it would probably make sense to paint the underside of the chest as well.

It looks really impressive loaded up with tools. I can’t wait to get going on mine.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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RGtools

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#11 posted 03-11-2013 06:37 PM

I should of come here earlier. I will also have to add the rubber matt to mine when I am done. I imagine that would offer a great deal of protection to the tools and the wood.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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