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Thread: NBSS Tool Chest Build

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    NBSS Tool Chest Build

    Hello all,

    I'm currently in the middle of a shop renovation and have not had any real quality shop time in months. Let's just say that 'drywall' is a four letter word right now...

    More than a year ago, I decided to build a tool chest to go under my bench, prior to moving shops. The carcass and drawer fronts are local air-dried walnut and the secondary wood is from a birch tree that was in my old front yard.

    While I usually like to design on my own, I knew I would be moving shop and in the bit of a chaotic year(s) when I was starting the project and so decided to go with this plan for a North Bennett Street School tool chest by Tommy Mac written up in PWW by Megan Fitzpatrick:

    https://www.popularwoodworking.com/a...c-toolchest-2/

    As it turns out, the plan is just the right size for under the bench, giving enough clearance for holdfasts above and a spot to 'park' the sliding deadman while accessing all the drawers. Here's some of the progress so far. I'm afraid this will be a two-year build by the time I'm done!
    "You can observe a lot just by watching."
    --Yogi Berra

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    Stock prep in the old shop: the birch logs, selecting walnut boards, and resawn birch (done on the bandsaw)
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    And all the stock cut, just prior to closing up for the move (along with stock for another project on the right).

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    "You can observe a lot just by watching."
    --Yogi Berra

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    Chris,

    Stock looks good, I understand"drywall".

    ken

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    Thanks Ken.

    Stock prep ended in March 2018...After moving to the new shop and getting through a few other house-related projects, I got back to this project in November. I decided to prep the carcass with hand planes. Pretty standard stuff-get a reference face on each board, edge joint, glue up the panel, and then scrub and flatten the other side to bring to thickness. You can see the rest of the stock patiently waiting and adding ballast under the bench...

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    "You can observe a lot just by watching."
    --Yogi Berra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher Charles View Post
    ...
    While I usually like to design on my own, I knew I would be moving shop and in the bit of a chaotic year(s) when I was starting the project and so decided to go with this plan for a North Bennett Street School tool chest by Tommy Mac written up in PWW by Megan Fitzpatrick:

    https://www.popularwoodworking.com/a...c-toolchest-2/

    ...
    I am not sure if it is possible, or even if you want to attempt this, but the rear of the dovetailed boards should ideally be mitred. This will enable the rear to be easily rebated - all the way across each side - to hold a back panel. If you do not mitre the back, only two edge can be rebated across and the other two will need stop rebates. You do not need to rebate the dovetails at the front.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    That's going to be a beauty! Lokking forward to seeing it come together!
    Fred
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

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    I built that chest, although I wasn't as energetic with my planes ... really a useful chest, well designed. Here's a pic of mine prior adding pulls ...Toolbox1.jpg
    Last edited by Don Coffman; 07-13-2019 at 7:22 AM. Reason: Added picture

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