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June 27, 2010
I spent my day today making two dovetailed boxes. In my last post I mentioned the saw bench I want to build but decided it would make more sense to build it when I get out East next week where I’ll need it the most. I have my old saw bench here but if you look back at last summers ‘unplugged’ posts you’ll see that its there, in my shop on the coast that I need a new bench. I don’t have the room to transport saw benches back and forth with me so it makes sense to have one at each location.
My hand tools are another story. They all travel with me and I never had a suitable method of transporting my hand saws or my water stones so today I finally did something about it. I had worked out a design for a briefcase style saw till that will carry a small nest of saws but for my needs this week I needed a full chest that carries 11 of my most used hand saws. The little fancy briefcase saw till will have to wait until the fall…
I carry one other panel saw in my large ‘widow makers tool chest’ and two other small back saws on the rear of my ‘Cabinet makers Tool chest’. That’s 14 saws to transport with all of my hand planes, chisels, lay out tools etc..etc…
So these two boxes are almost complete- they still need some hardware and the large saw till needs some smoothing and finish. Nothing fancy, just some quick through dovetails and simple lids and bottoms. I’ll show the process for the larger chest to give you a sense of the steps needed in making a throw together tool chest in an afternoon.
It’ll serve the purpose and get my tools safely to my work shop on Cape Breton Island in 5 days – I can’t wait…the salt air, the sun filled wood shop, the timber frame. I’ll be sure to get some shots of the little side server I made last summer while I was there. If you remember I never did post a final shot of it! I also have a couple of projects to build while I’m there, a few pieces for friends and a couple of commissions. Jeez, I thought this was a summer vacation !!?? ; )
Enjoy your “time off” 😉 at the cape. A saw bench is on my short list too, hope you get some time to post some pictures. Nice utilitarian boxes by the way.
I think the ability to just “throw something together” and have it turn out “well enough” is a bit of a milestone in one’s woodworking career. Id’ love to get there someday 😉
Look me up when you get to Cape Breton, Tom. I’m in Mabou for the summer again, so we should try to get together at some point.
I so agree. Historical “research” is so overrated and trite (and boring to boot!).
I’d much rather see someone make their own new path.
Leslie (love your blog!)
Those are some mighty fine, wide boards in that saw box. I love the approach. Building is far more interesting than mulling over dovetail angles. Frank Klaus is on record agreeing with you on angles as he never measures his angles at all 🙂
Sure wish I could carry your boxes to Cape Breton for you and sweep up your shavings as you work on those “vacation” projects.
Cheers — Larry
For what it’s worth, I don’t think the 1:6 and 1:8 stuff comes from “historical research.” In fact, if you look at older dovetails you come to the Fidgen conclusion. But you can’t sell fancy aluminum dovetail gauges that are TLAR (that looks about right) angles 🙂
Cheers — Larry
Just wanted to say I really admire your work and committment to hand tool approach. I am inspired. Hope to build a sharpening bench like yours this fall in my New Shop.
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