Since building my Paul Sellers Bench and various other small projects I needed a place to hold my tools as the bench and tool well were not cutting it. Too many things can be bumped, shaken, etc off the bench.
I had not made a dovetail joined project in hardwood yet so this would be an interesting experience. Ash was chosen for being a hardwood and it was cheaper than maple and mahogany but more than pine (too soft for what I wanted though it would be lighter).
Most everything was done by hand other than cutting down the stock on the bandsaw.
Dovetails were a challenge. My precision on the shoulder lines remained questionable throughout the process. Every time I thought I had it, I was humbled.
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My sawing, well that didn’t work our quite as I planned. I wasn’t paying attention for every saw stroke and went off the line. Enough that I had to plane off about a 1/4″ or so. It wasn’t perfect and I am sure if I had Paul nearby he could have brought it to perfection.
Fortunately I had already added height to the carcass of just over an inch so my planes would clear. I failed to take in account something when I started and had to add a band of wood to the top. This came in handy as it allowed for some screwing up of the sawing and it is not that noticeable.
A few coats of garnet shellac from tools for working wood and a coat of wax or two and it was done. The final product, I am quite happy with it for a first major hand tool hardwood project.
For those in the states:
The handles came from Black Bear Forge in Colorado, http://blackbearforge.com/woodworker.htm
And my hinges are Brusso from Tools for Working Wood, https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/store/dept/CBR
More pictures of the build can be found on my blog at http://mikeofallthings.com
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