Tool box #6: Some tools for the box

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Blog entry by Boatman53 posted 04-03-2013 02:52 AM 2805 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve spent my available time lately making or modifying some of the tools that are going to go in the box. First up is a tool that I wasn’t sure was going in but I think it will work. It’s an old Yankee 1431 “radio” drill. I bought it a while ago mostly for the chuck to get a Yankee with the ratchet up and running. This little one came with no handle, perfect for this job. So first order was to figure out where it was going to go, and then make the handle. I made the handle a bit more slender than an original one so it will lay into the box a bit closer. This is a shot in the lathe just after drilling the 1/2” hole to press it on the drill.

Next was a little bronze hammer. I turned the head and made the handle. The dimensions were dictated somewhat by where it is going in the box.

This photo shows all the chisels that I re-handled. Most had none to begin with so no loss there. Despite different iron lengths I made the handles to make them all the same height hopefully to simplify their security in the box. I think this is where they will end up, we’ll see. The 2” paring chisel on the left is a copy of my favorite chisel. Mostly used for trimming bungs, the short round handle just fits in the palm of the hand. It will go along the side of the box where it is, but I still need to fit the upper and lower blocking. You can also see where the egg beater drill is going and I’ve substituted a new brace that fits the width of the box.

The next tool I need/want to make is a little 4” level. I’ll let you know when I get that finished. I should have time to work on the door by the end of next week, so there will be more soon.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 04:08 AM

Productive day Jim. I really like custom made tool chests.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 04:14 AM

Actually the work spanned more than a week of stolen moments and staying at the shop an extra hour or so on occasion.. But thanks for thinking I did all of them so quickly.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 04:25 AM

This is coming along very nicely, Jim! It was a smart idea to make all the chisel handles different lengths so that their overall length is the same. I like that stubby handle on the 2” too!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 09:22 AM

Your project is coming along nicely Jim. The handles look really nice. Are you going to be using these tools for boat building?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 11:30 AM

Looking good Jim and thanks for reminding me that I still have to put a handle on that hammer head you kindly sent me. :o)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 12:01 PM

impressive Jim. Very organized, unlike my shop.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 12:20 PM

coming along very well

-- Joel

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 12:48 PM

Thanks guys for your kind words. That is defiantly what sets this site apart from the others. It is much more like a bunch of friends hanging out all around the world.
Brandon.. The business end of the 2” chisel is ground into a slight radius. First saw it done on a 2” chisel used by Willard Hamner a Guideboat builder in the Adirondack mountains of NY. He was a builder in the early 1900’s. And most slicks also have a radius. Here is the whole chisel.

Yes mike it will be used for work. I always felt a bit self conscious when I get called the mega yachts to do some minor repair, at least now my tools will look good. LOL.

Andy… You just have to do it. I think it took about 45 miniutes start to finish on the handle. I started with a tenon on the end of the handle blank. Set the head on, scetched a profile and went to town. As I said the length was dictated by space it was going. I might actually make another hammer that has one side with a plastic face.. The main job of the hammer will be setting bungs (the 2”chisel trims the bungs) and sounding for rotten wood under a painted surface.

Don… This is sooo unlike my shop. I like the idea of organization but I end up in shop that is a mess with tools and wood everywhere. The good thing about this box is there is no room for it to get messy.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 01:10 PM

Looks great, Jim! Truly a labor of love for all those fine hand tools.

I, too, have put off making a handle for the lovely bronze mallet head you sent me. I did turn one sunday, but it came out kinda funky-looking…must finish soon…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 04:32 PM

Its looking awesome and the varying length chisel handles really add a nice touch.

This thing is going to be so cool. You will be able to walk on any Yacht with it with pride and inspire awe when you open your tool chest.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 04-07-2013 12:55 AM

looking good!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 04-15-2013 09:15 PM

What’s going on with the missing divider in the last pic? I see a slot fr a dovetail but nothing filling it. I love leaving things like that on work furniture to make future users scratch their heads.

Good work so far, I look forward to cruising the rest of the entries.

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

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#13 posted 04-15-2013 10:34 PM

Hi Ryan… Yes there will be a divider hanging from that dovetail. The divider will be to support the right side of two drawers. I’m working on the drawers now. The trick for me was what to do about knobs, as I didn’t want to give up any drawer space for knobs. The lower one was easy ‘cause I can just hook the bottom of the drawer. The little 5/8” deep drawer was the problem. I think I’ve got a good solution but I need to experiment a bit before I commit. The face of the drawer is just fractions of an inch from the inside of the lid.

-- Jim, Mid coast, Maine home of the chain leg vise

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