Anarchist tool chest, sort of, mahogany veneered inlay diamonds

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Project by Zjawin posted 02-25-2013 01:06 PM 4018 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve been researching antique tool chests for a year or so and then I got the anarchists tool chest book and put down on paper what I was going to make to fit my set of antique tools.

I didn’t go by the book but used it as reference. The one thing I’ve always wanted to do was learn how to veneer and inlay, so I took a shot at it with this. Both the inlay and base veneer are mahogany; one dyed the other natrual.

First I dovetailed the poplar shell, hammer veneered African mahogany on the interior and edges. Then dyed the base, shellacked and waxed the veneer. I was Worried that the dye would run so i put the finish on before I inlaid diamonds.

1. Cut diamonds @ 22.5 deg

2. Layout the divided spacing

3. Tape the area

4. Trace the diamond with an exacto

5. Pull the inner cutout and chisel the veneer out

6. Fit, hide glue, hammer, sand and shellac.

7. Remove the tape and revel at the results.

I plan on veneering the lids also so stay tuned.

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 01:12 PM

I’d like to see more pics, just oriented so you get a better perspective of the boxes proportions, etc. I can tell this is going to be a classy piece.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 01:20 PM

34” x 22.5 high and wide poplar about 3/4 thick +\-

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 08:47 AM

The inlay looks great but you say that blonde wood is African Mahogany?

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 12:49 PM

Yep, both veneers are mahogany, the darker base was dyed with a water based aniline. My shop is 6×10 and is shared with the laundry room so I can’t get a good perspective with pics.

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 12:52 PM

Wow, Z, that’s some nice stuff! Congrats on your experiment w/ veneer, it looks great!

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

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