For some time I have been interested in building myself a toolchest for my hand tools…but could never come up with a design I liked. While screwing around with SketchUp this morning I had the idea to combine the slanted lid of the Dutch Toolchest with a simple Six Board Chest. And here is the result…a hybrid Dutch/Six (Seven?) Board Chest.
I actually like the lines of this, and while I managed to delete it off SketchUp before I saved it, I did manage to do a screenshot to preserve the image. I’m sure this has been thought of before, but this is the first that I have seen like this. As far as what I would like for an interior layout I’m not sure…I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I would imagine planes and saws in the bottom with smaller items in sliding trays over top and some shelves/trays on the back wall of the chest for layout tools, chisels etc.
In my mind, pine is my material of choice with fancy wrought hinges and side handles and the sides dovetailed to the narrow top board for a little flash, and square cut nails and rabbet joints everywhere else. I could build a fancy dovetailed chest but feel like something more utilitarian. I wonder if this style of chest would be any more/less efficient than a traditional English or Dutch chest in use…maybe someday I will find out. For now I am just in the daydreaming phase, but this is my favorite to date. If you have thoughts/suggestions feel free…
So, since I have gotten the planes all tuned up I thought they deserved a trial run to see how well I did. Grabbed a scrap piece of pine and planed it down to match the 1-1/8″ width of the nosing plane and went to work…could stand to be a touch sharper, but all in all, after a few minor adjustments things seemed to work out okay.
Went for a drive yesterday and visited Great Village Antiques and found a couple of molding planes in great condition. One is a Doscher Plane & Tool Co. nosing plane, while the other is a Davis hollow plane.
Decided to tune them up this morning, first up was disassembly and cleaning…then sharpening. I will focus on the nosing plane for the time being.
I started off flattening the back of the iron. It was fairly flat to start as you can see, only one tip which required some work.
After about 5 minutes of rubbing on the 1000 grit stone and a final few strokes on the 4000 grit stone it looked like this:
Time to work on the bevel. I only have one curved slipstone, so I made do with what I had, and honed the curved edge of the iron, then went back to the flat stone to remove the burr.
Once that was complete I folded a piece of leather over another plane to make a strop. After charging the leather with green chromium oxide I stropped the plane iron on the rounded leather to further refine the edge. Here you can get the picture somewhat…like I said, I don’t have an abundance of equipment for sharpening curved irons, so “ya use what ya gots”!
I loves me some chromium!
…and ready to rock!