I just installed the bottom on my saw chest. I skipped the bead and just fit the boards together with tongue and groove joints. I wasn’t happy with the tiny bead, and the larger one wasn’t cutting well.
I nailed the bottom on with some 3D headless brads – cut nails – from Tools for Working Wood. 4D might have been better, but I didn’t order any in that size. Honestly, I thought I showed considerable restraint in only ordering the 4 sizes of nails I got. Their Cabinet Maker’s Hammers were calling my name. Loudly.
When I was a kid I was forever getting into my Dad’s tools. As it turn out I don’t seem to have a nail hammer, so I borrowed my son’s. I knew I should have ordered those hammers from TFWW.
I left the bottom boards long the way Chris Schwarz shows on his toolbox. I started using a crosscut saw to cut off the excess, but it was unwieldily and I bailed. It would either break off the excess while I was sawing, gouge the side of the case, or undercut the bottom. I used a scrub plane to take off the excess, which was more work than sawing, but I was more comfortable with it. I bit of work with my block plane to even things out and that was that.
Next up I started on the skirt for the bottom. I’m using 1″ x 3″ white pine from the Home Despot. I swear, they must “dimension” this stuff while it’s still growing, every piece is twisted, bowed or cupped. Sometimes all three. Out of a 10′ section I got two 13″ pieces for the ends, the others were twisted beyond saving. Back to the store…
But I took some time to tune up a molding plane I picked up from Josh at Hyperkitten. It does a nice job, and will dress up the skirting nicely.
So what’s left? Buy more wood, finish the skirting and make a lid. I have no idea what I’m going to do for the lid. The easy way out would be to just have a single board, but I may try to do something a little nicer.