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  • #18981
    Brian Loran
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    Started on my tool chest this past weekend. I am using poplar and will probably paint it with milk paint (tavern green). Got wood for the “box” portion milled up and planed smooth. Then cut the dovetails on the sides. Still need to chop out the waste on the back of one side, then on to pins.

    Pics so far:

    #18999
    robinhc
    Participant

    It’s looking great Brian.

    Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA

    #19000
    Scott
    Participant

    Nice start Brian. I’m looking forward to your progress.

    Sorry to be nosy, but I found myself thumbing through your picture gallery. Nice workshop, and really sweet projects you have completed. Oh, and those colors on your chameleon look unreal. 😉

    I’ll be starting the tool chest as soon as I complete my small wall cabinet. Probably next week.

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #19002
    Eddy Flynn
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    great work Brian you are going great keep it up

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #19007
    Brian Loran
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    Thanks guys. I will try and keep up with progress pics.

    Scott, that chameleon was a cool pet! Sadly I had to sell him a few months ago because it was too costly feeding him 10-15 crickets a day!

    #19177
    Brian Loran
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    Quick update. Pins are cut and dovetails fit.

    Now for the drawer divider. Will have to re-watch that episode a again to make sure I cut it right!

    #19179
    Scott
    Participant

    Your dovetails look nice and clean. Good job Brian.

    Also looks like your Poplar is fairly blonde without any green streaks. Lucky or intentional? Does poplar go green as it ages?

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #19181
    Brian Loran
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    Yeah, these poplar boards are pretty colorless. I went with really plane boards since I am most likely going to paint it with milk paint. Will see what it looks like when it is done before fully committing to it.

    I have used poplar with more green in them in the past and it just turns brown after I put finish on them and they sit a while.

    Now I got to get the box apart! Quite a challenge…

    #19182
    Greg Merritt
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    Very nice…well done Brian.

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    #19281
    dborn
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    Looks great! Your dovetails look perfect!

    The green steaks in poplar will turn brown with age.

    #19308
    Brian Loran
    Participant

    I was able to get the box apart and finish up the drawer divider. Here are a couple pics.

    When I cut the dado on this one it came out way too loose. Must have measured wrong or when I chiseled it out it pushed the wall back. Got to be really careful when going with the grain! I added a patch to the bottom dado wall and re-cut and it turned out much better.

    and put back together…

    I glued it all up but forgot to take a picture. Cleaning/flushing up the dovetails now and milling more wood for the lid and bottom frames.

    #19753
    Brian Loran
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    Almost finished the bottom panel! My mortise holes were not coming out perfectly parallel with the faces when using the PS alignment jig. Was giving me fits! Finally realized I was leaning the chisel into the jig too much and the jig was deflecting. Things went much better after that. Hopefully the top panel will go quicker.

    #20952
    Brian Loran
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    Been slow going but I have made more progress!

    Cleaned up box waiting for its bottom and lid:

    Top frame came together nicely. I did have to spend some time on the mortises to make sure when it is put together it was dead flat with no twist.

    A picture of the panels in progress! I used a LN bronze #4 but man was that thing heavy… I just recently bought an old Stanley #4 for next time.

    Glued up top frame with panels! Joints came out nice and tight.

    On to the box they go! PSA, DO NOT put a clamp from the bottom panel to the top panel where the drawer hole is!! That was a near disaster… luckily I caught it in time and switched to those small F-clamps.

    All done. Now to build up the courage to cut it apart :O

    I did use the old Stanley #4 for to round over the lid and bottom edges. worked great.

    #20954
    Scott
    Participant

    Superb and inspiring Brian! After some much needed house repairs are complete, I have got to get underway with my own tool chest…

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #20956
    Mark Armstrong
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    Great job Brian
    When cutting box just let the saw do the work and take your time.
    I do love your bench if I had the space and the time that is the type of bench I would make. I like the fact no apron in the way as just a solid top you have no worries of clamping stuff down to bench. And the dovetail section on the legs going through the top look really nice.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

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