Sunday Times. Tool Cabinet part 4. (and deck benches and new chisels)Posted: March 4, 2013
And two carver’s punches.
The chisels aren’t super nice or anything, but certainly better than the nicest ones you’d see for sale at a big box store. Sharp with decent steel and oval handles, so they don’t roll off the bench. That’s a step up for me. I have a hand down set of two Stanley’s that are actually pretty great. And then 3 or 4 plastic handled Stanley’s that are mostly good for scraping off glue. The punches were $2, and I thought they could be neat embellishments on any carving I was doing.
While Mabel napped, I had some time on Sunday to work on the tool cabinet. I cut the dadoes for the beech drawer runners. And cleaned them up with one of those new chisels.
I thought it worked great – until I was cleaning the dadoes on the drawer divider and thought a router plane makes more sense. And yes it does. It worked much better. So much for trying to use my new chisels just yet.
While Mabel was awake I mostly worked on the benches for the deck. It was dark outside by the time I was finished. Next for the deck is all the horizontal rails along the sides. You can see two of them in this picture on the right side.
And maybe a table. The small round table we have looks some serious nonsense at these benches.
Anyway, back to the other bench. I had a tad more work in the evening to get everything fit together on the cabinet. Here it is all dry fitted.
Next up, doors and drawers. The doors will actually be like boxes 1.5-2″ deep. So the tools on the doors don’t interfere with tools in the cabinet. Likewise the space around the drawers comes out a bit to compensate for this distance so everything is flush. If I had used wood I bought, the side panels would just have an “L” shape, jutting out at the bottom for the drawers. But then I would have spent over $100 on this cabinet so far. The bottom box area for the drawers might be cherry and the doors oak. Still seeing what I have enough of…
Probably close to nine hours so far.