Tuesday, January 15, 2013

More Work on the Dutch Tool Chest

Just thought I’d post an update on where I’m at on my Dutch style tool chest.

I've got the chest together and I think I’m really going to like it. I put my shaving horse in the picture so viewers could get an idea of its size, it big! 40 inches long by 16 inches deep. The small middle shelf is for my bow saw, panel gauge, and large wooden square. Just below the main box will be a thin shelf for my large slick and framing chisels, you can see the runners for the drawer in the picture. One thing I’m doing different is that I am making my battens for the removable front panel slotted to hold my locking runners. That way I don’t need separate brackets.

The only real problem I've had has been the warped side panels. This caused the dadoes for the shelves to be cut uneven which cause a gap between the shelves and the side panels when they were assembled. Not sure what I’m going to do about it. I will either leave it as is or I might make metal reinforcement brackets to hide and reinforce it like in campaign furniture.

Well more woodworking and painting, then its off to the forge to make my hinges and handles. When I get it done I will take it outside and take better and more detailed pictures.