Stanley #801 Build

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Blog series by Smitty_Cabinetshop updated 01-26-2016 05:21 AM 3 parts 7473 reads 39 comments total

Part 1: Inspiration and Research

01-25-2016 07:03 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 4 comments »

Initial Motivation I don’t remember being smitten with these house-shaped toolboxes at first sight, but over the years they’ve proven to be one of those things that got more detailed attention with every interwebz run-in (ebay and the OldTools list, mostly). An early pic of one I noticed: Then one appeared on der Leachmeister’s List and I jumped in (top image below); a No. 888 was soon in my shop. The Search As is typical, my example was missing the inside (sliding) tool holde...

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Part 2: Design / Build

01-25-2016 02:04 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 12 comments »

Definition, StagingThe No. 801 catalog pics provide overall dimensions, so between those and the build methodology of the No. 888 that I have in-shop, I’m pretty confident that what I’m making can be pretty true to the original. The biggest issue I could identify was hardware. Finding the right metal handle was everything at first, because I was able to move on from there with a sense of confidence in my ability to build a reasonable facsimile of the original. I knew the handle was metal, and...

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Part 3: Finishing

01-26-2016 05:21 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 23 comments »

The UnBuild! Time to take it apart for aging and finishing. Brasses are staying as they are, but the zinc-coated screws go into vinegar, my first experiment with that process. Going in: And returning from a two day dip: The box itself needed color in the meantime. Original boxes were darkly stained hardwood (No. 888) or black walnut (No. 801). Well, already missed to walnut boat (oak and pine for me), so dark stain it is. Did some shopping in the Minwax aisle of the local har...

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