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Basic Traditional Toolchest
approx. 26" long, by 17" deep, by 14" high
Following is a step by step pictoral outline of the toolchest that the Heartwood class will build. It is traditionally proportioned to be a good size to carry to a jobsite.
The main carcase pieces are cut to size and dovetails are laid out. I lay out tails first and pins second.
Tails are cut with a dovetail saw.
Tails are "wasted" with a turning saw.
Pins layed out from tails.
Wasting pins with a turning saw.
Pins cut out. I use a "Moxon" vise to cut dovetails in. It brings the joints up to a good height for layout and cutting and holds boards securely for working on their ends.
Dry fitting the carcase sides.
Planing the corners off after gluing. I use "Krenov" style hand planes which I build.
Nailing bottom boards on.
Oak runners on underside of chest.
Cutting dovetails in the plinth.
Wasting pins with a turning saw.
Dry fitting plinth.
Glueing plinth together and to carcase.
Laying out boards for frame and panel lid.
Cutting tenon shoulders.
Cutting tenon cheeks with a tenon saw.
Adjusting tenon thickness with a rabbit plane.
Adjusting shoulder with a shoulder plane.
Ploughing dadoe for panel with a Stanley 45.
Laying out mortise.
Cutting mortises.
Dry fitting frame.
Frame and panel.
Carcase with plinth.
Constructing dust apron which will be attached to frame and panel lid.
Using butt mortise plane to make hinge mortises.
Cutting hinge mortises in carcase.
Using gimlet to drill screw holes.
Assembled chest and chest with sliding tray added.
Add a coat of mustard colored stain to the exterior and this one is complete. This is a very pleasant project that took me approximately 18 hours. The carcase, bottom, and lid panel are eastern white pine, and the plinth, lid frame, and tray are poplar. The material was dimensioned with power tools (band saw, jointer, planer, table saw), which took about an hour. All of the joinery, planing, sawing, finishing, etc. was done with hand tools. I spend the bulk of my time working with hand tools because I find them peaceful and quiet, and for relatively small jobs I believe that I am faster and more accurate working with them than I would be with power tools.
This is the full size chest that I keep most of my hand tools in. It's constructed from cherry and black walnut and has castors to move it from place to place. It stays in my shop.
You can sign up for a 5 day class to build a tool chest in western, MA in Sept. 2012 at Heartwood School.
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