Tool Chest

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Blog series by Rob Drown updated 04-23-2010 01:48 AM 5 parts 8629 reads 21 comments total

Part 1: How far I got in class

03-25-2010 05:41 AM by Rob Drown | 11 comments »

I took Roy Underhill’s hand tool only class on making a tool chest. It was a wonderful class and I learned a great deal. I highly recommend his classes. We learned about many hand tools and built a dovetailed tool chest. In class I finished the chest and only had to assemble it at home because it had to ship knocked down. The lid I am fitting together and should glue it tomorrow night. This is a picture of fitting the first section of skirt on to the top portion of the side....

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Part 2: Fitting the lid

03-28-2010 07:45 PM by Rob Drown | 0 comments »

Fitting the lid is taking a lot longer than I thought. I had to trim the sides to length freehand as I don’t have a miter box. The grooves on the sided required trimming and deepening. Deepening the grooves was with a mortising chisel as I don’t have a plow plane. These pictures how the groove in the frame fits into the groove in the panel and the halves of the mitered bridle joint go together to make the lid. The antique clamp was my Dad’s. Shows the groov...

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Part 3: Top is finished

04-05-2010 12:03 AM by Rob Drown | 2 comments »

Here is the lid after glue up. Turned ot well. Thanks Roy!!

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Part 4: Shaping and adding Spacers to the Handles

04-05-2010 12:14 AM by Rob Drown | 2 comments »

Roy (Underhill) had the basic shape of the handles turned for us by a local chair maker. I shaped mine and added a spacer so I could get my stubbie fingers around the grip. I put a thread insert on the back side of the spacer to aid in mountng them to the chest. i This picture shows the profile I came up with.

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Part 5: Lid on and rejected as a blanket chest

04-23-2010 01:48 AM by Rob Drown | 6 comments »

Well I finally got the lid back together. My better half thought it looked too good to stay in the garage, but after checking it out in the bed room, it is too small for the foot of the bed. Close call. As I was mortising the hinges, I dropped the lid onto a front corner. Popped one of the mitered bridle joints. I thought I had clamped the frame to tightly onto the panel but the fit is ok. Reglued the joint, doweled it from underneath. Fit is good and looks ak. It is a tool ches...

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