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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 03-15-2020 03:49 PM 1192 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made of black walnut that I scrounged in the early ‘90s for free. I decided that I’d better make something out of it before it was inherited by my children, who’d probably sell it cheap or use it for firewood. This replaces a BB ply version I made after I retired the QSWO version because it was getting too beat up in transit. The QSWO chest now holds my precision measuring instruments and some other tools. The BB ply version will be used for transport if I ever go long distance to a carving “rendezvous”.

Strange results with Minwax Wiping Poly (uneven sheen). I ground it off and used Helmsman Spar Urethane spray, and got serious orange peel. Ground that all off and put Watco Medium Walnut Danish oil and a coat of wax on it. Now, I’m happy with the finish.

The carving tools are the same ones I had in the 5-drawer QSWO chest, but this chest is 4” narrower and 4” taller. This chest is going to sit in a cart with pneumatic tires so that transport to the carving class doesn’t beat it up like the other chests, which I transported on a cheapo little hand truck. It’ll be nested between the tires, instead of hanging off the sides of the old mini hand truck. No top lid, so less hardware (hinges, latches, prop) to buy and install. It has a front locking wood “strap” instead of a front lid. That saves wood and hardware, as opposed to a whole front wood lid and the hardware to let it slide under the bottom drawer.

The drawer pulls, protectors (the discs behind the drawer pulls) corner protectors, feet and lock were purchased from H. Gerstner & Sons. It’s all polished nickel (except the feet, of course). I prefer their hardware over all else I’ve seen, even if it is a bit more expensive.

Above the top drawer is a “magazine rack” for the carving magazines that I take to class (if I’m using a tutorial). That is made of 1/8” BB Ply. The item on the shelf in the picture is the Lora Irish book on “Spirit Carvings”.

Drawers are black walnut fronts with 1/2” BB Ply sides and 1/4” BB Ply backs, and hardboard bottoms. Lined the drawers with dark red expanded vinyl. The wife will be making a rain/dust cover from the same material, eventually.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 03-15-2020 03:57 PM

Beautiful and functional!
Those finish issues sound like a p.i.t.a. but KUDOS on seeing it through. It turned out great!
Would like to see more pics of the carving tools that are in it.
I also like that you are using the BB one and the oak one too.
Great job.
Jon

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EarlS

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#2 posted 03-15-2020 04:02 PM

Good use of “scrounged” walnut. Watco and wax gives a really nice soft finish to walnut, really brings out the grain.

Nice work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 03-15-2020 04:52 PM

Thanks, guys! Here are pics of the tools, all lined up like little soldiers. I like to keep tools organized so that they don’t get lost or clank against each other and get chipped. It took 13 years to get them all. I got a lot of them a few years ago when I sold my hot rod ‘68 Skylark. Thes pics are when the tools were in the BB Ply chest.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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MrWolfe

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#4 posted 03-15-2020 05:08 PM

Very cool Steven!
Thanks for sharing… those wooden dowel holders are a GREAT idea. I really could see them in the first pics. Very clever organizer.
Jon

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Andre

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#5 posted 03-15-2020 05:38 PM

Still think that is one fine Jewelry Box:) Try OSMOS Hard Wax.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 03-15-2020 06:21 PM

This all comes full circle. Tools you love, now housed in wood that meant something to you. Use them in the best of health.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dark_Lightning

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#7 posted 03-15-2020 06:30 PM

Thanks, folks! Another motivation for the nicer chest was that the tools are a significant investment and are better kept in a “jewelry” chest. :D

Andre, I’ll try that OSMOS wax at some point. I have a tub of Johnson’s and a tub of Minwax paste waxes that I’ve been using for quite some time. Maybe OSMOS will give a better sheen.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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EllenWoodHead

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#8 posted 03-15-2020 06:44 PM

Perty! What is QSWO? My brain insists that it means Quick Savory Waffles Overload.

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 03-15-2020 07:07 PM

Sorry- Quarter Sawn White Oak. Though those waffles sound like a good idea!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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EllenWoodHead

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#10 posted 03-15-2020 07:27 PM



Sorry- Quarter Sawn White Oak. Though those waffles sound like a good idea!

- Dark_Lightning

Oh, of course! sunday Waffles done derailed my mind :)

-- "wood" and "good" rhyme, but not "food"

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swirt

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#11 posted 03-15-2020 10:02 PM

That looks amazing and super useful. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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oldrivers

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#12 posted 03-15-2020 11:17 PM

Very nice chest for a great et of tools, Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dark_Lightning

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#13 posted 03-15-2020 11:26 PM

Thanks folks!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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Arlin Eastman

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#14 posted 03-15-2020 11:59 PM

Boy that is nice buddy. I just started taking carving class a few months ago and like it. I have one of the old Green tool bags that the military use for carrying around tools.

Works good for me but boy would jaws would drop if I brought that in.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 03-16-2020 12:01 AM

Beautiful chest. I’ve always loved walnut. You did the stash you had proud.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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