As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have been thinking for some time of building myself a toolchest to store all my hand tools. I had originally thought of building a slant front style chest but after thinking it over I thought this would just be too limiting, so I am going with a traditionally styled dovetailed toolchest instead as I think it will give me greater flexibility in the long run.
Yesterday I went to the home center and picked out a couple of 12 foot 1×12 pine boards with only a couple of small tight knots and reasonably straight grain…this should yield enough stock to cut and glue up the sides of my chest. Final dimensions will be approx. 40Lx22Hx21W.
I started out grain matching and cutting my pine to rough overall size for the chest sides. Once complete and having decided which boards were getting glued together I started jointing the edges with my Stanley No.8. My method is to match plane…that is, lay out the boards as you want them positioned and fold them together and place them in the vise and use the jointer plane to joint both edges together. This method guarantees a straight panel, as planing both edges together gives you complimentary angles, which may not be 90 degrees, but when folded back out flat adds up to 180 degrees every time…hence the flat panel:Once jointed, I glued up the panels and set them aside to dry:Once two panels were clamped up, I took the opportunity to grab a bite and about an hour later I unclamped the panels and repeated the above for the other two chest sides. Then I started to finish plane the panels I had previously unclamped:Once the other two panels had set up a sufficient amount I planed them as well. I had forgotten how much of a workout planing is:Barrel is almost full…At this point I took a breather for a bit then went ahead and sized my panels to their final dimensions on the table saw with a crosscut sled:That’s it for today!