A Project for August, Tool Chest #1: Start up has begun....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-29-2021 11:57 PM 843 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of A Project for August, Tool Chest series Part 2: Panels flattened, web-frames started, is it August yet? »

Picked about 24 bft of 1×6 Ash last Monday…and in search of a Project to use it on…

When I thought about…this mess..

Three cardboard boxes, plus stuff that didn’t quite fit….sitting on top of an Old Coffee Table….might keep the table as a base? Maybe a Tool chest… to be better than …

This thing ( will be heading to the curb..)But…maybe a chest of tool drawers? Not sure about the number of drawers, yet…or their sizes. Type of lid? Starting point would be a couple slabs for the sides…and go from there? get there started…Single Brain Cell Sketch Up decided I needed to cut a couple planks down to around 24” or so in length…getting rid of a few “bad apples” along the way..

This be headed for the fire pit, later…Wound up with 6 planks at 3/4” x 5-5/8” x 23-1/2” average…..with very wavy edges….Set up the tablesaw to do a bit of ripping….I am NOT hand sawing that much wood, today..

Placed the straighter of the 2 edges against the fence, set it to just skim off the worse of the waves…and mark that edge…

Not perfectly straight, but close enough to move the fence in a 1/4” and then buzz the other edge…parallel.

Picked out the 4 best of the 6. The other 2? well they both had some nasty spots along one edge….set the fence to get the best of the rest…and now I have a filler strip..

Then do some jointer work….with the Stanley Cordless Jointer..

To get things gap free and ready to glue two panels up….checking as I went..

When each part can sit there, and have no gaps, then I went on to the next joint. Until all parts set there without gaps..

Then a matter of clamps, glue, and cauls….Panel #1..

And, panel #2..

Center caul to push/pull the center glue lines into alignment….less I have to plane, later.

Slab sides are assembled…3/4” x 13” x 23-1/2” for both….how long they stay that size….we’ll see…

Gives me a start….and now I can plan out how the chest can be built…and what sizes to use….goal is to have this done by Labor Day Weekend….

Stay tuned..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-30-2021 12:06 AM

Looks like a good start. Personally, I really like ash. It is a very sturdy wood.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 07-30-2021 02:22 AM

All I’ve got for ash at the moment is a 12/4×7 x 5 foot chunk. And I’ve got a few corner pieces of a laundry hamper that need to come out of there. I need to put in a stock of 1×6 or so, especially since I’m finally almost done with the pine bookcases.

Two nice panels seems like a darned good start to a tool chest.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 07-30-2021 08:05 PM

Great start for a fine finish!

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#4 posted 07-31-2021 08:34 PM

Nice start Bandit.

I need to put in a stock of 1×6 or so, especially since I’m finally almost done with the pine bookcases.

- Dave Polaschek

Here in Ohio it’s always been plentiful, for a while after the Ash Borer started killing them all, you could buy it for pennies by the ton. Now however, prices are going up. Just saying this because if you see some at a good price, buy now, build later.

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#5 posted 08-01-2021 01:28 AM

Yeah, I could get ash for decent prices when I was in MN, but it started getting scarcer just before we moved. Really need to get back to the Midwest and load up on ash and poplar (which is hard to find down here in NM, too).

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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