Mary May's on line wood carving lessons ***AND turning blanks for carving a Philly Highboy rosette #4: A place so store my now, 40 gouges and chisels

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Blog entry by xraydav posted 10-28-2014 07:28 PM 2903 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to make something to store my chisels safely. I started with an approximate size knowing I have about 40 chisels and gouges so far. I sawed 3/4 pine in half and hand cut some dovetail ends. Cut a recess in the bottom of the sides for a plywood bottom. 3/16 luan.

Then I took some 3/4 pine strips 2” wide and used a forstner bit to put some 1” holes into them. These would hold the tools.

I made a second frame with the same hole pattern, offset the front 1” from the back so the tools would lie in-between each other.

As you can see I routed a grove for a bottom for the upper tray as well and did the corners with 1 big dove tail on each corner.

The two together give me plenty of storage and easy access to all the tools…

I wanted to give it a unique closure. So I started with 5 1/8 wooden dowels drilled into the lid that match holes in the back of the box.

The front will have 3 pair of rare earth magnets to hold it shut and a small lip to lift from. Still working on the lip and magnets.. had to order them. Gave the whole thing 3 coats of Lacquer sanding sealer and then 3 coats of gloss lacquer. I think this will help keep it from yellowing, unlike urethane.

The lid is 3/4 pine recessed to fit into the opening and keep the top tray securely in place. A strip of tempur foam 1/4 thick, 2” wide and the length of the box, on the bottom of the top tray holds the tools down below in place while moving the box.

I am wicked happy with this box and keep my most used tools on top for easy access… I will add another pic when I get the magnets installed. I drilled two extra 1” holes on both ends to remove the top tray with. (You can see where the lip will go when I get the magnets placed. Started it, and decided to wait till I get the magnets in before I decide its final size.

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#1 posted 01-13-2015 07:05 PM

This week I finished the top to my tool box. I carved a sunburst into it. I want to share that 5 months ago, I got all excited if I could carve a letter or a number. Mary May’s online carving school has been such a great experience, I am now comfortable with so many carving oppertunities.

I have been working on carving fans and sunburst patterns with 3 of Mary’s lessons and a trip to my local Woodcraft to take a class from Andrew Texiera. The result is that I am starting to understand how to design, layout, draw and carve fans. The large image is the cover of my carving tool box.

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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