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Of Tool Cabinets, Chewing Gum and Sealng Wax #14: Stanley #45 Chest

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Blog entry by Bill Berklich posted 06-08-2019 01:17 AM 475 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Like many LJ’ers I’ve felt the tug of vintage hand tools. I discovered and acquired a Stanley #45 almost complete for a very reasonable price and got it mostly cleaned and sharpened and it’s been laid out on a side bench. Finally found time to make a chest.

I wanted to make a chest similar to the original ones with finger joints. So to get started I made a simple box joint jig.

Then I thicknessed Red Oak stock to 1/2” for the sides/ends/top and I also thicknessed a piece of pine to 1/4” for the bottom. Dimensions were set by the #45 with short rods installed and the two Iron boxes I made several months ago. The result is exterior dimensions of: 12-3/4” (L) x 7-3/4” (W) x 7-1/4” (H).

Then some cutting and making finger joints. There were a couple of minor blowouts, most of which ended up inside

No, I did not hand cut the groove for the bottom using the #45. The dado blade was in so I spent 45 seconds and zipped the parts through. And then assembly. The joints turned out nice and tight.

The top is a slab of 1/2” Oak. It was actually pieced together and as one piece of Oak was slightly short so a bit of Maple filled the gap

The interior is nothing more than a several 5/16” battens that keep the #45 and boxes in place.

The finish off is a swing latch from Woodcraft.

It’s finished with a single coat of satin poly and Johnson’s Paste Wax. I still need to install a holder/retainer for the long rods – but those were boxed and in storage for a while. I’m pretty pleased with the result and my #45 is happy ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI



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#1 posted 06-08-2019 01:39 AM

I like projects like this. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 06-08-2019 02:24 AM

Start over! ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 06-08-2019 02:25 AM

ROFL… I know…

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#4 posted 06-08-2019 06:05 AM

Dang, Kenny beat me to it.

I’ve really come to like the sliding lid box that my Veritas combo plane came in. I notice we didn’t cover the box when we did the write up, so one of us has some more work to do. Mos?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 06-08-2019 10:57 AM



Dang, Kenny beat me to it.

I notice we didn’t cover the box when we did the write up, so one of us has some more work to do. Mos?

- Dave Polaschek

Yeah, Yeah!! if you guys would have done that write-up then I might have tended toward… ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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