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A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest part ten

Quarter-sawn cherry

Quarter-sawn cherry

Moving right along with the toolchest build, this video is already the tenth in the series!

How time flies…. the tenth in the series and I’m just realizing that the tune in this clip is one I recorded 20 years ago this year.

Twenty years! ~ ; )

I still feel like that same 21 year old on most days; I continue to have an eagerness to learn new things, a burning drive to better the things that I already know, and the eyes to allow myself the time to find inspiration in the world around me. Whether you’re crafting a piece of music or a toolchest, the creative process can be much the same.

I’m still here, honing my skills and will no doubt  be here in another 20 years, allowing myself the time and space, to nourish the inner fire burning inside every artist.  I still can’t put my finger on it but I know that when I’m not creating, I’m really not living.  Alright then, enough of that. The twenty year tangent- ; o

Back to the toolchest.

In this video, I’m processing the stock for the handle and feet. I’m using quarter sawn cherry for both it’s stability and beauty. The parts are ripped, crosscut and dimensioned. Not much to add really- the clip is a short one and speaks for itself.

The song is called “another day in the life of” and I thought it suited this process of stock.

The day to day ripping and crosscutting lumber, down into a cut list and then dimensioning it by hand at a work bench.  Nothing glamorous, just the steps needed to get to the destination. Thankfully, I still very much enjoy the journey. The process. The necessary steps we take for every project and this one is getting close to its end.

The handle joinery is next time…




Here are some links to a few of the products used in this video:

24-in. Center Point Rule

Veritas Dual Marking Gauge

4″ Precision Double Square

Veritas Low-Angle Jack Plane


  1. Posted by Benjamin on Mar 23rd, 2013

    Wow, great song Tom. Nice to see your sawbench a bit more than usual, getting a better glimpse of how its made. Ahh the long wait for the book… Thanks again.

  2. Posted by stephen melhuish on Mar 23rd, 2013


    Nice to see the nitty gritty of dimensioning wood by hand filmed for it’s own worth….a little bit like any fundamental stages of making things by hand, the hard essential careful work still needs to be covered… a good chef preparing all the ingredients, peeling and cutting up the veg’ so the later stages become a little easier…hopefully.

    That little extra lip on the sawbench sure comes in handy for cross cutting.
    All good stuff.

  3. Posted by tom on Mar 25th, 2013

    thanks for the comment. The lip/fence on the saw bench is great and an addition I should have thought of years ago! Such a small detail but man, it saves the knees when cross cutting. First project in the new book!! ;) stay tuned..

  4. Posted by tom on Mar 25th, 2013

    thanks for the comments. September isn’t all that far away! ; )

    The song is off the album Mola mola- which was released in 1993. My band was Sunfish and you can find it here:


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