11 February 2014 at 7:53 pm #27691
It probably has taken me just over 40 hours in total. So don’t worry Dave and mine is not perfectly square 😉11 February 2014 at 8:17 pm #27695
Scott, what about a two piece lid hinged on the top side and in the middle. Not sure how to explane that but it would fold up to half the size of a 1 piece lid when folded open.
Sandy- Good idea. I trying to maintain the lid for hanging my shorter go-to handsaws. My sketchbook is stuffed with impractical ideas, so I will probably just settle on the simplest one-piece approach.
-Scott Los Angeles11 February 2014 at 8:56 pm #27697
Time matters for me when my spouse is expecting improvements for the house to be completed and I am still working on shop projects. 😉
Not including milling by machine, I have probably spent over 20 hours so far, and I still have to do the lid and door, paint and tool racks. I spent more time fussing over those notches on the front of the shelves (for the locking strips) than I did the dovetails or dados. Not sure why. I never plowed a tongue before, so that prep set me back some. Ship laps are probably less fussy and just as good.
Rusty- Are you going to do the simple 1″x1″ tool rack that Schwarz suggests, or are you planning something different?
-Scott Los Angeles11 February 2014 at 10:08 pm #27705JayParticipant
Thanks for the info. I also enjoy taking my time when I’m working, but I’m hoping to have my chest done before I move, so I actually have timeline goals for this one. My preference would be to relax in the evenings and work on things a little at a time, taking breaks to drink some tea, etc…11 February 2014 at 10:53 pm #27712
Jay, I am also moving I did have a moment of I have to get this done soon, so last weekend my productivity doubled haha
Scott, I have a spouse who is saying what are you going to make “me!”
I think I will do the 1×1 rack as that way it will be done but I want some layout tools to go along the that back wall, as I don’t plan on storing my chisels in the rack, my wife bought me the Narex premium chisel set in a tool roll, which I like since I don’t loose them or drop them while working.11 February 2014 at 11:30 pm #27720
I think I will do the 1×1 rack as that way it will be done but I want some layout tools to go along the that back wall, as I don’t plan on storing my chisels in the rack
I have my bench chisels in a heavy canvas roll, and I like them that way. They seem protected and cozy when not in use. Some people claim that tool rolls absorb moisture and promote rust, but I have not had any problems with rust here in my unheated Los Angeles garage.
I may build a rack a bit taller than 1″ to keep the tools held more vertically, hopefully with the sharp ends well away from my clumsy hands. The 1.125″ recommended spacing is not wide enough for some of my tools, and some holes need to be narrower than 0.5″, so I will have to customize more than the plan. I would also like to make some slots for squares.
Alternatively, I was also thinking of doing a vertical caddy for my most used tools that I could simply lift out and place on the bench. I only have about 12″ of length and 4.5″ depth to spare after my saw rack is installed, so I will have to see what works.
-Scott Los Angeles12 February 2014 at 3:19 pm #27758
Scott, that is how I feel about the 1X1 rack. I will think about the caddy idea. I will be working on this on Thursday so expect pics and maybe some ideas on Friday.14 February 2014 at 3:29 pm #27846
As promised the photos of the finish and some layout.
Scott, I plan to install a 1×2 on the back wall with screws and add the holes as I need them. I want to be able to work out of the chest comfortably so I plan on having the totes of the tools I use the most located towards the center and orientated so I can pick them up the way I would hold them with my right hand.
I did settle on the milk paint and wax only finish. My test piece proved that the Danish oil I have on hand will penetrate the wax layer. But I will only add it if I feel it necessary at a later date. The bottoms and sides received a single layer of shellac. The back I will leave unsealed to hopefully wick up any moisture in the chest to prevent my tools from rusting and provide the smell of pine.15 February 2014 at 12:39 am #27865DaveParticipant
Rusty, it looks great. Job well done. I know the feeling of having a place to keep your tools. I worked out of rubber maid tubs for 6 months 🙂
-Canada15 February 2014 at 2:49 am #27870
Very nice Rusty. I am envious of your progress. I also like how the smaller chest only has one locking strip and how there is no middle shelf to cut ugly notches into… 😉
-Scott Los Angeles17 February 2014 at 4:11 pm #27961
Thanks guys. Still working on the inside but if I come up with anything really cleaver I will let you know.
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