Despite a very busy (and sociable) weekend, I managed to steal a couple of hours in the workshop this afternoon to work on the tool chest.
Having cinched the tool chest between four bench dogs so that it could not scoot along the workbench, I first cleaned up the dovetails on the upper and lower skirts; trimming the excess length of the bevelled edges with a fine saw before planing the ends of each of the joints flush with a block plane.
Unfortunately the bottom skirt had slipped during glue-up, and as a result the bottom edge of the skirt exposed the baseboards at one end of the chest, but overhung on the other. Rather than build up a consistent amount of overhang with scrap pine, I planed the bottom edge of the skirt back so that the skirt sits above the baseboards by a consistent height around the chest. The large Lie-Neilsen shoulder plane made short work of the excess skirt material, and allowed me to work right up against the edge of the baseboards. The result is a much neater lower skirt, and the slight variation in the position of the top edge of the skirt is barely noticeable.
Finally, I cut to length and nailed the rot boards onto the underside of the chest. These will protect the shiplapped baseboards of the chest, and can be removed easily and replaced if they start to rot (a sound reason for only securing them with nails rather than glue).The next thing the chest needs is a lid, although this will have to wait until my new 16″ tenon saw arrives from the good people at Bad Axe Tool Works.
There are two new additions to the contents of the tool chest. The first is this lovely reclaimed oak and sapele dovetail marker made by fellow Anarchist’s Tool Chest student Bernard Billsberry, who gifted each member of the course with a commemorative dovetail marker.
The second is the new plane adjusting hammer from Sterling Tool Works (and the first I believe of these to reach English shores). Equipped with both a walnut head for adjusting wooden bodied planes, and a brass head for metal planes, the hammer is finished to the same excellent standards as the Saddle Tail (reviewed previously). Sterling Tool Works, along with Bad Axe, are my favourite independent tool manufacturers; theirs are serious tools built to a high standard. And Chris Kuehn (like Mark Harrell at Bad Axe) is a ridiculously nice chap who is eager to listen to his customers and discuss what they need from their tools. But enough evangelising from me, if you need a dovetail marker or a plane adjusting hammer, then point your browser at the Sterling Tool Works website and investigate these for yourself.