Christmas is fast approaching, and as a none too subtle footnote I actually only have until Saturday night to finish this tool chest as we’re getting together with my brother-in-law’s family for our gift exchange on Sunday. Plenty left to do, and I actually have one more present in mind that I’d like to make after this. Or two. Shoot, I’m doomed.
Yesterday I got a few hours in after taking care of work. The first order of business was to get the bottom installed, but I couldn’t wait to see how the dovetails looked after a bit of clean up. The circles on the tails are where I used a piece of dowel rod to drive the tails home. The glue seemed to grab too soon, I think I didn’t have enough on the surface so it was drying out quickly. But overall it’s mostly gap-free, and they should look good after I plane the sides down a bit.
I’m doing this tool chest the same way Chris Schwarz has shown for his Anarchist’s Tool Chest, although I won’t be dovetailing the skirts. I’d like to have tried that approach, but I’m concerned about the amount of time it would add. I cut half-laps for the bottom boards. I kept them pretty straight and square as I was working, but still used the little shoulder plane to tune them up. One or two passes on the shoulder removed any little problems.
I had to tweak the depth stop until I got a good fit up between adjacent boards.
Then I cut a bead on the left side of each joint as a decoration. This is a sample cut on a scrap as a test of course.
Finally I nailed the bottom boards to the shell. I pre-drilled holes for the cut nails, and angled them slightly (like dovetails). I really like these nails.
I used four nails per board, it seems very secure.
I planed up material for the bottom skirt, although I neglected to take any pictures. I mitered the corners, nailed and glued it on, filled the nail holes and beveled the top edge. If I’d taken a picture of the skirting installed it would look like this, but with the skirting of course.
I was almost out of time for the evening, but I jointed and clued up two boards for the top. The top is a major deviation from the ATC design, instead of a frame and panel it is a flat board with a skirt. More like a boarded blanket chest.
So, what’s left? At least these things, although there are a few other small things I’d do if I had time. I have to say, I’m jealous. I need to make one of these for myself next.
- Plane lid, cut to fit, add skirting, hinges and a support strap
- Interior: small chisel rack, saw till, maybe a sliding till if I have time
- Exterior finish. Shellac, maybe with a stain or dye. I started a finish sample board yesterday
- Clean-up and sharpen a Stanley #4 I bought on ebay to go in it