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I'm going on a mission trip next month. No idea what particular projects I'll be doing, but in general Katrina rehab/repair. I was thinking about building a tool tote to carry my hand tools. I've been wasting time looking at youtube, pinterest, and general postings on tool boxes for a few days. What a remarkable lack of diversity there is. Open top tool totes with a handle or divider that runs from end to end, with or without a drawer bottom (have a couple of those, including my first from '70s made from a fruit crate) Open top box or crate (got a bunch of those, most in use) Carpenter's tool boxes, circa WWII. Tall not very wide, one side opens up and there is usually a till at the top of the main case (yep,, gave that one away) Jeremy Broun's tool box, essentially a smaller version of the prior item, but with both sides that open Just a box with a lid (big or small) maybe with a till -- got one of those Tool Stool a la Gary Katz . Might have two levels. I have a couple of those, not nearly so fancy (basically a saw bench) Stacking box Japanese tool box (couple of those that I've used on prior trips, now hold my Shaker oval box kits) Larger box a la Frank Klausz's box that he wrote about in a magazine Machinists' style boxes like the Gerstner Then there's the Anarchist's Tool Chest and Dutch Tool Chest and wall tool cabinets, not all that suited to portability. Meh. I think I'll just load up a couple of my nylon bags. I really like the backpack bags but I'm not sure I want to spend the money on one. My work kit is well tuned to what I do, but that includes repairs to cabinets, doors, and drawers, repairs to upholstered furniture springs, frames, recliner mechanisms, and fabric parts (remove and replace panels, or to get to the insides), and structural repairs to wood parts.
I was out the other afternoon and drove by a place getting ready for a yard sale. Got out and walked up and was told to look around. I saw this great looking old tool chest under a table and looked at the price. I ask them if this was correct? Really $5.00 for the chest and the contents. Right off I could see a wooden moulding plane and all kind of bits for a bit and brace drill. There were some small rulers in still in the boxes and a jar of corks. It had a little hidden tray that you pull up and it had a old cast plumb bob and several other items. Well for $5.00 I had to take it home and Steve it didn't come from Ohio while I was passing through there. I love finding old treasures. The lady told me it was her grandfathers old tool chest. I told her I was a woodworker and she said well it was meant to be that you would stop and get it.
Ok, a start on filling this thing up. First off, needed a way to hold the lid open. Trimmed a piece to length for along the back edge of the lid To keep the lid from going too far back. Glue and screws to install Sorry about the fuzzy photo. Seemed to work. Ok, lid will stay open, so I can get a little work done on the inside. Set up a corral for the four braces, and a drill bit holder A 1x1 screwed to the floor. A 1x upright to keep them upright. A diagonal brace to keep the divider upright. Whew. Had to keep working on the top of the divider to get it below where the trays will slide across. Yeah, a few handplanes showed up, wanting a place to hide. As for the bits for these braces And an eggbeater drill, too. I already had the 2x4 block made up. Was going to make a drawer like thingy for it. Screwed to the side of the chest. One last look at the crowded floor There is even a pair of rails installed for the next tray to slide on. Then, the battery on the Makita died. Bummer. Oh well, BREAK TIME! Need to plan a few trays anyway.
In the Tool Chest #2. Found a slab of pine, had a V groove down the center of it. Board WAS 3/4" thick. Needed a 1/2" thick slab for a tray bottom. Set up a planer stop on the bench, and grabbed a few planes. In a while, was ankle deep in wide pine shavings, and had a 1/2" plank for a tray's bottom. Re-sized two "sides" and a couple "ends", and added some glue and screws. A wee bit of fine tuning with the beltsander to loosen the fit a bit. Ok let's take a tour, shall we? Walk down the stairs ( watch yer head!) and see a box sitting behind me bench Looks like an old chest, right? Well, lift the lid Ah, saws and other goodies show up! The tray on the left side is a tote, carry it around as needed There is a rack right in front of it, to hold a few chisels and a LONG screwdriver. Between the rack and the front of the chest, there is a gap. Down through this gap, is a set of bits for the braces in the right hand side of the chest. Speaking of which There is a hook in the front wall on the right hand side. Holds three coping saws. Down below these, there are four braces, for those bits. Now, about the trays on the right side The one on top is the latest one. About the right size to hold the Wards #78, plus a few extras. This is the one I made tonight. Below it this tray is sized about right to lay the two smallest of my bench planes in. A Dunlap #3 with a York Pitch frog, and a Windsor #33 scrub plane. The top tray will slide all the wat to the front, if needed, too So, for now, I think this old chest is ......DONE! I can go back to Tool Chest#1 and modify it if I want to. How did you like the tour?
According to the inventory of the remaining wood stash from the old bed frame: 1 1x6x7' rail in plywood ( soaked) 1 1x 6 x 7' rail might be a glue/lam board, lots and lot of thin plys 1 1 x 10 x7' pine board 2 trim piece from the headboard So, there was just enough for a frame and planel lid. Cross cut to 1 x 6 gl board to just under 34" long, then ripped in right down the center. Front and backs are cut. Cut a section @14" or so long, and ripped it right down the middle. ends are done. Got out the router, and made some grooves. The two short sections needed tenons on each end. Got out the sharpest saw in the shop Hey,it works, ok. A Disston D-8 11 point crosscut saw. Then a chisel to knock off the waste. There is a stop block behind the rail, and another on the end. One to clamp the part to, the other as a stop block for the chisel work. Got all four tenons made. Time to try out some new toys! These just came in the mail a few days ago...REAL Mortise chisels. Since the tenons go deeper than the panel's grooves, time to try these out Another set of jigs. One to clamp the part in place, the other to keep it level in the first jig. Finger clamp to secure things in the jig. I can also raise the parts up, and clamp under them, for the times I need to plane an edge. Chisels worked great, soon had a frame made And NOW I can measure for a panel. I had that 1x10 to bring in to the shop. Cross ut to section to 29" or so. Needed about 13" in width......from a 1 x10??? Ok rip a filler strip to get the width to 13", AFTER jointing a few edges straight. Tried the edges to see which fit which edge, and made a witness mark across the joint. Panel is now sitting ON my benchtop, hogging about every clamp I have While the rest of the parts chill out in a forlorn corner of the shop. LUNCH TIME! Maybe tomorrow, I can make a raised panel, add a frame around it, and add some trim You can barely make out the profile on the trim boards. That old finish needs to go, Stay tuned...
Or trying. Got a frame all cobbled up Might need a little fine tuning. Got a panel ready to fit inside this frame Speed square to guide the circular saw to make that cut. Blade was set to almost cut through. Rather than mark up my fancy jigs. Needed to bevel four outside edges, like a raised panel Clamped the panel flat onto the jig. Worked the end grain edges first. Just used a Jack plane for this. Marked a line 1" in from the edge, and started to plane back to the line, at a bevel. Get to about 1/2" thick on the edge, and reclamp to do another edge. OK, that was strange, photo posted to the top? Well, after the edges were beveled until them met in a diagonal line at the corners, I flipped the panel over, and set up a Wards #78 And cut a rebate around the panel's inside edges. A Test fit Fine tune it a bit, add a bit of glue, and some real clamps......One end panel is now glueing up, and sitting in the pipe clamps. Taking up most of the bench space. Will just have to wait awhile, then do the other end. Stay tuned, might be a tool chest show up? Planer? I'm the 'planer', and these are what I use...
Got the second front/back out of the clamps. Got a panel glued up for the ends. Just some pine 1 x10, and two on by threes. Figured I could get it back out of the clamps this afternoon-ish. Well the ends needed to be trimmed square, and then the panel needed to be cross cut into two identical panels. I happen to have an old, wooden Speed Square. And a circular saw. Clamped the panel to the planer stop jig on the bench top The fence is where the sole of the saw runs against, so I had to allow the distance between the edge of the blade, and the edge of the saw's base. Couple clamps, and shove the saw through the cut Nice and clean, and square. Flipped the panel around and clamped it up again Ugly thing, ain't it. Sawed off the nasty part. and put the jig up for a bit Not a whole lot to this jig, It was made as a fence for jobsite table saws. Worked real good, too. Anyway, jack plane to clean and flatten the faces of the panels needed to be able to see the center line marks. Marked out the center of the panel for a crosscut. Clamped it back into the jig, and make a cut Ok, now have the panels ready to be fitted to the frames, and handplaned into raised panels. Frames? Oh yeah, needed to make a few tenons, and then some mortises, I had one mortise all chopped out, so a tenon was made to match it Ugly groove, though. It will get filled with a raised panel, though, Got this end done, and the other end done. The "jig" for this was a block screwed to the planer stop, and a stop to help with the chisel work. One clamp to hold the victim in place. Coping saw to cut the lines, wide chisel to pop the waste off, and a #78 to clean it up. Scrollsaw to make a miter cut on the groove part, and a test fit Not too bad? Got things set up to do at least the rest of this end piece.....Uncle Charlie ( HORSE) paid a visit to my feet! Toes, and arches....barely made it back upstairs and poured a glass of milk. Seems to get Uncle Charlie to ...GO AWAY. Well, that shot the shop time for today, have to work the next three nights at my Day Job....Stay tuned...
Well, there is all the parts Frame & Panel parts. Just finished milling the last leg parts.Had some nasty stuff to cut away, though Just to make two back leg blanks for the end panels. Cleaned up some rails Set up a three screw jig to remove the "cope" from the tenon. Used a #3 handplane to "Chute" away the lip, and mill the shoulder back to square. Third screw is behind this rail. Most of the old parts had a two layer "veneer" , some even had a thick paper as the outer layer. Pried most of it off, to get down to the "real wood" underneath the glue. Milled a few last grooves, and will start to mill tenons tomorrow, I hope. Even tried a test fit Ok, so I still have some work to do on this.... Raised panels have been sitting around, awaiting to be installed in the frames. Trying to build this chest with just the parts scrounged from the old bed frame. Might even have enough left over, to glue up a fancy lid... Stay tuned...
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