Joiner’s Toolbox – Project Info

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In this series, Paul decides to reproduce a well-used joiners toolbox that he picked up at a local car boot sale/flea market. This simple chest has a number of interesting features. It is made from relatively thin 1/2″/1.3cm stock which is strengthened by dovetailed trim. This together with its size, which fit a set of all the most necessary tools, makes it a perfect size for taking with you for any job or project you have to do. It is a great introduction to making larger dovetailed boxes and chest.

The tools you will need are:

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Marking gauge
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Dovetail template
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (at least 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ and 1″)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • Jack Plane (No 5) *(Recommended if preparing wood from rough sawn and edge jointing)
  • Timber dogs* (optional but shown)
  • Scrub Plane*
  • Winding Sticks*
  • Handsaw
  • Tenon saw
  • Hand drill/drill driver
  • Screw driver
  • Square Awl
  • Small steel hammer

* = optional

The joints used in this project:

  • Dovetail
  • Half Lap