Grandpa’s Toolchest, Part 2

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.

Initial Clean-Up on Dovetails

Initial Clean-Up on Dovetails

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.

Cutting Half Laps

Cutting Half Laps

I had to tweak the depth stop until I got a good fit up between adjacent boards.

Good Fit!

Good Fit!

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.

Beaded

Beaded

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.

Nailing the Bottom On

Nailing the Bottom On

I used four nails per board, it seems very secure.

Check Out My Bottom!

Check Out My Bottom!

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.

Ready for the Skirt

Ready for the Skirt

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.

Two 1 x 12 Boards Jointed

Two 1 x 12 Boards Jointed

In The Clamps

In the Clamps

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.

  1. Plane lid, cut to fit, add skirting, hinges and a support strap
  2. Interior: small chisel rack, saw till, maybe a sliding till if I have time
  3. Exterior finish.  Shellac, maybe with a stain or dye.  I started a finish sample board yesterday
  4. Clean-up and sharpen a Stanley #4 I bought on ebay to go in it
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6 thoughts on “Grandpa’s Toolchest, Part 2

  1. The dovetails look pretty for a tool chest. I noticed that the half pins seem to be the worse of them. Good luck on trying to stain pine.

  2. You know, I think this is lookin’ awesome. And, since you’re painting, don’t forget about power putty. For the (Sincere) Love of a Muscle-bound, Skintight Wrestler – http://blog.lostartpress.com/2012/12/16/for-the-sincere-love-of-a-muscle-bound-skintight-wrestler/

    Are you getting much sleep? 😉

  3. I’m loving the Cut Nails as well, I just finished a 6 board chest for my son’s tool chest using all cut nails and they worked great.

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