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    The final drawer of the underbench cabinet.

    I finally managed to start, and to complete, drawer #10 of the underbench cabinet ... the last drawer!





    Dovetail markers (shopmade in brass, and a modified WoodJoy). A shopmade adjustable 4" square gift from Stu Tierney (who ran Tools from Japan, such a wonderful service for about a decade). A brass square from Australian Wood Review magazine, when I was writing for them. And an adjustable compass in the centre ....





    Slide back the panel, and below is a set of Veritas Flushing Chisels, courtesy of road testing for Lee Valley about 5 or so years ago. The long, paring handle is my addition ...








    These are really handy chisels when they are needed.


    Regards from Perth


    Derek

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    Stunning! Well done, as usual.
    It's called golf because all the other 4-letter words were taken

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    Derek, I always enjoy seeing your work. Sometimes I wish I could organize in such a fashion. I have far too many tools that I use often. The drawers of my many tool boxes are full. I know where things are and can find them quickly but if I were to organize as you do I would need a much bigger space. Very nice work you do in any case.
    Jim

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    Jim, in actuality I have a small space. Storage is mostly at the rear of a double garage. Over three decades of serious woodworking, until now, I have only ever built quick-and-dirty cabinets for tools. I could not - and still cannot - bare to use good furniture-grade wood for the shop. The case here is built from cheap Merbau panels and stained to look like Jarrah. The drawer fronts are Jarrah, but were salvage. All the remainder of the wood is from offcuts. The actual motivation to build something presentable comes from the desire to preserve these tools when the time comes in retirement to downside our home and build a new, but smaller shop.

    Regards from Perth

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    I started the down size a couple of years ago. Gave all of the doubles to daughter and SIL. Still have lots of tools that I still “need”. Every time I think about more down sizing I end up getting a tool out and thinking “How would I get along without this”. I guess someone else will have to sort it out from all those packed drawers😂
    Jim

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    Derek, you are good but you are no Studley. He would have gotten 50 tools in that drawer. Just kidding. That is really nice work, and you used leftover materials. The double layer is much more efficient with space than two shallow drawers.

    Which size flushing chisel do you find that you use most often?
    Last edited by Thomas Wilson; 05-16-2022 at 8:09 AM.

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    Thomas, the chisels find uses for different tasks. A wide one may be used to level a dowel or raised section. A narrow one may smooth a groove. A medium one can reach into the corner of a rebate.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    While I am posting, it appears that I omitted to post Drawer #1 when this was completed. Probably because it was not especially clever.





    Drawer #1 (top left) ...






    Mortice chisels. Two Fujikawa on the left in 6mm and 9mm; Four Veritas in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2". The Veritas were courtesy of pre-production testing, which began with comparing A2 and PM-V11 steels and different size handles. These are not production chisels, which is why some of the hoops are missing. I liked these chisel much better than the Ray Iles chisels (sold) and a set of vintage Ward English Bolstered chisels. The Fujikawa represent my love for Japanese chisels (Fujikawa have a history of specialising in mortice chisels). I prefer the shorter chisels when looking for more finesse.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Last edited by Derek Cohen; 05-16-2022 at 10:05 AM.

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    And because of Thomas saying that I am not in the class of Studley (who is he? ) , here is an updated Drawer #2 ...





    Three Starrett squares: 300mm combination; 150mm double square; and a 4" double square (this is the addition). Good for matching to the size of the work piece.

    All these tools are French-fitted into panels.


    Slide back the panel, and below is another compartment holding a mix of Colen Clenton mitre squares infilled in Sheoak, a pair of Chris Vesper 4" and 7" squares infilled in Tasmanian Blackwood, and a 2x2" Bridge City saddle square ...





    One of the Clentons was a trade with Colen for marking knives I made, which was a blast for me since he is one of the top toolmakers in the world, and the other was a prize in a tool-making competition. The Vesper squares are special as Chris is a good friend, and we have shared a booth at Woodshows many a time. I would consider Chris the absolute top toolmaker around.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Derek, for as many years as I've been a member here, you are one of a few guys that when I see a recent post, I just have to click it right away. Beautiful work, as always. (Even with scraps and stain haha)

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    It just looks so nice I can't think of much to say
    Best Regards, Maurice

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    Thanks John.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Another beautiful thing (or two) all by itself. And it is just part of a larger whole, also a simple thing made beautiful with time and thought. I will sit back down now.

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    Thanks Scott

    Kind regards

    Derek

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    Derek, as usual you modestly sell yourself short! I find your carefully crafted/fitted tool storage to be stunningly elegant. Maybe not Studley caliber (who is?), but certainly a treasure some future woodworker will be jaw dropping amazed and grateful discover. The contributions you make to the craft are something I have believe future generations will celebrate. I know that’s how I feel when I discover/restore old tools that have clearly been be used and treasured by multiple previous generations who truly knew the value of hand tools because they made their living useing them every day

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