Cabinetmaker's Toolchest #1: Cutting the box material, glue up and smoothing.

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Blog entry by dannorocks posted 11-13-2015 09:40 PM 1468 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well this is my first attempt at a blog here; so here’s my go at it.

About a year ago I came across a handful of older hand tools at an estate sale and since then I’ve put them to use and have been accumulating more and more hand tools. I recently moved and felt ashamed to put them in carboard boxes and crates I quickly made to get by with the time constraint.

Now that I’m setting up shop all over again from scratch (divorce), literally from the ground up. I have the tools and a pair of folding saw horses I made. I put together a pair of saw horses following Christopher Shwartz’s plans using a 2×6 and then decided to begin building my tool chest while I wait on my yellow pine 2×6’s to dry out (going to build a Roubo bench out of those).

After reading some of Roy Underhill’s books with mentions about tool chests, and Jim Tolpin’s Toolchest book I decided to build the chest as 24” wide, 36” long and 24” high. I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to lay out the sliding trays, I’m definitely going to put a chisel tray in there and maybe a saw till or mount the saws on the lid.

I went to the local home store and bought 5 1×12x8’ pine boards. Figured I’d glue them up to a nearly 23” wide, not 24” like I wish it to be, but I’m trying to run on a slight budget here. I cut them to size and then tried joining them together with my block plane (don’t have a larger plane yet that performs well) and tried to spring joint them the best I could, but as I was cutting them I did order a new WoodRiver 4 1/2 which is lovely!

Here’s the lumber cut to size ready to joined. I cheated and used a biscut jointer.

Putting the new 4 1/2 to work. Some of this cheap pine had bad tool marks and planer snipe so I did the best I could to smooth it out.

The 4 1/2 replaced my $5 Greatneck #4, it looks serious but I never fell in love with it.

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#1 posted 11-14-2015 11:47 AM

woodriver plane is solid, tested them at store a while back.
looking forward to seeing the finished project!

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2015 04:50 PM

woodriver plane is solid, tested them at store a while back.
looking forward to seeing the finished project!

- Tugboater78

It sure is solid. Took me about 30 minutes to tune it up to my liking and takes wonderful wide shavings with little to no effort.

Thanks for the encouragement to finish…Part 2 has been posted. Part 3 will come in about 2-3 weeks due to deer fever…

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 03:56 AM

Using biscuits isn’t cheating in my book.

Good luck on the toolchest build! I had a lot of fun with mine, but it wasn’t a build so much as a re-build (it’s in my Projects if you’re curious). Lots of ways to arrange the interior, and the top can have depth too; that allows the tills to sit higher than the walls of the chest, making for a larger bottom area or deeper tills, etc. etc.

Anyway, looks good, and I’m heading to Installment #2!

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

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