Dutch Tool Chest #2: setup and a beginning

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 03-11-2015 11:55 AM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: need a place to store my handtools Part 2 of Dutch Tool Chest series Part 3: construction begins (dovetail sides to bottom) »

I needed a few things to happen before i started this build. The chest joinery, while fairly simple, required me to have a few fixtures and tools i did not have. Since i have full intention to do this with hand tools, this required a few jigs as well.

One of the big parts of making this chest was the Dovetailed bottom. I have never attempted to cut a dovetail before this, though have always wanted to try. I did not have a true dovetail saw, though not necessarily needed. I have a couple cheap eastern style saws that could probably do it, but don’t feel comfortable using them. So.. in comes a decent saw

A Tyzack dovetail saw and a D8 thumbhole rip saw purchased from Chrisstef

Now I felt like I had a fighting chance to tackle the mystical dovetail.

testing the cutting ability of the saw:

Since I have a saw now, next thing would be a way of holding my boards so that i could cut them so i grabbed some scrap plywood and some hardware and made me a quick and dirty Moxon style vice. I have full intention of making a more attractive one in the future, probably attached to a dedicated joinery bench.

some practice:

I thought it wasnt to bad for a first try.

Also needed a way to cut my boards down to rough size with my handsaws so a sawbench was born. Plans and execution of this came from Bill Schenher at, though i initially saw the design somewhere here on Lumberjocks. This was built only using handtools, cept for the angles cut on the feet, good practice for the dados, tenons, and big dovetails, that will be used in dutch chest. ( maybe not the tenons but..yeah..)

During one of the many snowfilled days where kiddos were out of school, i brought some work jnside the house and made a few of these too.

Paul Sellers inspired dovetail marker

Got these things lined up and cleaned up my mess, gathered up my tools, and went out to the main shop and pulled down my stored boards. These were 1×12x12, and i couldnt get them inside the shop as is. I set them outside on my carport and something came up and couldn’t get them cut and inside the shop immediatly. It decided to pour rain for the next 2 days, but next morning after setting them out i got up and started cutting them to shorter lengths. As i am cutting i notice they have warped/bowed since i set them out. so bad i wouldn’t be able to do any joinery. I had picked out the best boards i could find last year, mostly rift/quartersawn, but you all should know the selection at the home centers. Probably didn’t help I had them stored in the rafters, then brought out into moist conditions. I sighed, then decided i was going to get some other boards and hope maybe i can salvage the old ones for something else, so stickered them in the shop with some weight on top and hoped maybe they would straighten out.

Tax return got deposited last week so i went on a road trip up to northern KY. Hit up Cold Springs and Florence Orange stores and dug through their bunks. I am pretty sure these are the ones C Schwarz digs from, but who knows and really cares, they the closest to me.

Ended up getting a couple poplar 1×12s, some cedar pickets, and some douglas fir. Cedar is for a few small honeydos, fir is for a revamped workbench idea.

And finally a start:

Thats it for this installment, onto the next one, construction shall commence therein.

Thanks for reading my ramblings.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 12:50 PM

Very creative, love the determination. Looking good Justin!

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 01:02 PM

Those are pretty good looking first dovetails. A good saw makes a lot of difference cutting dovetails. I bought a better saw before my second practice set and it made a big difference.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 02:00 PM

Those are nice. Keep up the good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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