Tool chest or blanket chest? #5: Lid is installed

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 02-21-2014 09:58 PM 1687 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Amongst other things Laid out a few tools to install some hinges

The scratch awl will mark the screw location, just a tap or two. Then run a steel screw in a bit. That way, a pilot hole is done. Marked out the hinge locations, using the hinge itself. Then a bit of chisel work on the top edge of the case

Then pare away the waste. mark the screw holes with a pencil, use the awl to start a hole.. Used the locations on the case to lay out where they will go on the lid. First, I added a cleat to one end on the lid. Seems a crack just would not behave. Left a bit long, made a good handle to hold on to. Intsalled the hinges, and found out they were on backwards…oooops. Take them back off flip them over and install again. Turns out the screws supplied with the hinges were a tad long. Ground off a little of the point. As for the screws going in to the case, longer ones were ok. I had some 1” x #6 steel screws, worked just fine.

Next. All those counter-bored screws needed plugs to cover them up. The seven on the edge of the lid were no problem. Lid was already sticking up in the air, just add a drop of glue and a plug. Tap down with the end of the mallet. As for the sides, all 30 of the holes needed something a little different done. Grabbed a scrap of wood, plopped down a large blob of glue. Moosh the plug around a bit, and install. Did make a mess of the end of the mallet

Afterwards, took a block plane to level the plugs out. About all the wood working is done here..

Oh yeah, a seal coat? One coat of clear poly gloss was slopped on, just to seal things up. Will go back later and add more if needed. For right now, though

raised panels on the ends are Sycamore. The front view?

Yep, there is that pine cleat. Might add another to the other end, except, they might be Walnut, instead. Now, as for that lid, remember, this is just the first coat

Might just get this done, someday…...Thanks for looking in..

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

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 06:59 PM

Second coat of varnish is now drying

Picked up a 1×12 to make a carry-tote tray. Might have that done by Weds. night.

Just about ready to post this as a Project.

Stay tuned…..

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

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 08:33 PM

Since this chest is nearly full….
When will you be starting chest #2???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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