|Forum topic by Pendragon1998||posted 02-20-2014 11:20 PM||1260 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
02-20-2014 11:20 PM
I just completed one of my first ‘projects,’ a bench top holder for chisels and other tools so they’re not rolling around everywhere. Compared to what many of you make, I’m sure it looks rough, but I guess it is functional, anyway. I made the upper and lower pieces out of red oak (sides in poplar), and finished it with danish oil.
I’ve read several places that red oak can cause corrosion of steel tools. Is this likely to be a problem for my chisels?
This is my first time really doing anything with red oak. I’m sure I did a hack job on the mortised and drilled holes for the tools to sit in, but wow, it was really splintery. My tools were pretty sharp, so maybe I took off bigger bites than I should have? Anyway, I split the top and had to glue it back. I was originally going to put in some wells in the bottom board to keep the tools for shifting so much, but after seeing how splintery the wood got, I didn’t feel that I could do a clean job of it. I’m not completely happy with the top, so I haven’t glued it up. I may just redo the top piece, especially if the oak is going to be a problem.
It seems like I have so far to go before I’m making pretty workpieces, but I doubt I could have done this two months ago when I started out. I’ve been working through the ‘dovetail a day challenge,’ but I’m unable to get out there every day, so this piece represents 12, 13, 14, and 15 :-)