Dutch Tool Chest #6: Adding a Double-u on the Lid

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 04-16-2013 04:51 PM 8661 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Warning: The letter W makes a lot of appearances in this post. If, for some reason you don’t like Ws, then just move along.

I knew I wanted to add something decorative to the tool chest and my first thoughts were either a logo of some sort or a fancy word in ancient Greek or Latin (I’m a nerd like that). Since I don’t have a logo yet, I ruled that option out. I came up with a couple of Greek or Latin words that I thought might be neat, but decided that would be too much effort. Instead I settled for a W, which could stand for my last initial, or wood(working), or Wunderbar, or who knows?

So, once I found a W that I liked, I enlarged it in Illustrator, made it an outline, then printed it. I attached the paper W to the lid with a little spray adhesive and then traced it with my marking knife. Here’s the indention with the knife:

Then I took a chisel and scraped off the layer of paint that fell in between the lines:

And we’re done:

I knew I wanted to paint it, and so I painted it orange. A couple of issues, since my chiseling wasn’t consistent, the painted W looked like crap. Plus I didn’t like the shade of orange that I used. I didn’t even like it enough to snap a photo of it.

I decided to go back and relieve more of the W with my chisel in a consistent fashion. I was aiming for it to resemble the type of carving you’d find in an old woodcut. I never carve, but I think I achieved what I was going for.

So, I painted that a darker shade of orange:

And here’s the complete tool chest with the W:

The only downside is if I have my lid open and someone approaches from the backside of the tool chest, they might think it’s an M.

I know I like the W, but I’m not sure if I’m in love with it. Maybe it will get better with age, who knows?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 05:25 PM

I think its cool! Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 05:28 PM

I’m totally offended by the rampant use of dubyas in this post… Cheez…

^ Ditto, Mauricio: +1 to Nice and +1 to Cool.

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

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 06:23 PM

I like it Brandon, i even liked the mispainted one with just hints of orange at the edges. I think in time, it will fade and you’ll come to love that old school look. It just needs some dents and ding from being pulled around the shop. Time will take care of that for ya.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 06:26 PM

Shane, I almost just left it with only the hints of orange, but then I got the urge for more paint. Perhaps I heard Smitty’s voice in my head or something. Perhaps I’ll get some real carving tools and attack it again.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 06:26 PM

Well done, I like it.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 04-16-2013 08:27 PM

Thats a good looking W. If it were me I’d trim out the cut edge of the W in a very thin gold paint. Actually I would farm it out to someone that could paint an edge.

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

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 12:20 AM

Very cool. Nice blog series!

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 03:07 AM

Great build and a great blog!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 09:56 PM

I love it!!!! And you have finally got me off the fence as far as painting my tool chest.

Or have you?

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

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#10 posted 04-20-2017 04:45 PM

Hi Brandon!

It’s been four years ish since this build – anything you would change/recommend/etc to someone who’s considering following in your footsteps and building the Dutch tool chest?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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