My Walnut tool chest

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    Joe Kaiser

    I have posted a few threads on this (as I run into problems), but I thought I would start one where I can document things as I go 🙂

    I am making a tool chest out of walnut. Someone said I am going up against Matt for “Slowest woodworker in the west” as it is taking me a long time to do it. I generally get maybe an hour a week tops. What you see here is actually several months on work. I wasn’t able to find walnut wide enough, so I had to joint two 6″ boards together for the width. If I didn’t have to do that, I think I would be further along by now. I cut one of the back tails wrong so I had to cut the size down by and inch and do two corners over again. Could have been worse, I suppose.

    This is my first time using walnut. I am surprised by how brittle it is. It is turning out good enough for my first “big” project. Before this I have only made spoons, small boxes, and the like. What you see in the picture is just a dry fit. I have to clean up the dovetails still, but I am happy so far. When I measure from corner to corner the box is less then 1/32 out of square. I think I can live with that.

    Seattle, WA


    Looking good Joe!


    Looks like beautiful work! If you ever get a chance to work air-dried rather than kiln dried walnut you will notice much less brittleness. Keep it up!!

    Peter George

    Looks good Joe.

    I know what you mean about walnut. It sometimes works well and other times fights me tooth and nail.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"

    Frank Joseph

    Hi Joe
    That looks good, walnut that is heat dryed is often brittle, If you can find it get air dryed it will cost more but it’s worth it, I use green for turnings and it’s wonderful to work with

    In South Jersey the good part of New Jersey, USA.

    Matt McGrane

    Hey Joe, that is looking very nice. And when it’s done and has some finish on it – it’s really going to look great!

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:

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