Toolbox Build – The Next Step

The frame is absolutely rigid even before glue up!

With your box dovetailed together, glued up and ready, the next step is to prepare the materials for the two identical paneled frames, one for each side of the tool box. The back frame is fixed and the front will be removable. The materials you’ll need for the frame are all pieces of 3×1 planed softwood (red pine ideally!):

Two pieces at 11 ¾” (The center stiles or mullions, depending where you come from!)

Four pieces at 15 ½” (The Stiles) and…

Four pieces at 17 ½” (The top and bottom rails)

In the photo above you can see the wood laid out and labeled, and a single frame assembled. There’s a few neat methods of making sure your frames all come out right first time and I’ll cover them in the next post. For the time being, if you get the materials organized in preparation for the frames, I’ll get some photos of the frame layout, grooving and joinery work.

With your box dovetailed together, glued up and ready, the next step is to prepare the materials for the two identical paneled frames, one for each side of the tool box. The back frame is fixed and the front will be removable. The materials you’ll need for the frame are all pieces of 3×1 planed… Read more »

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Mill your own lumber (US) or saw up your own trees (UK)

Even if you haven’t got a Wood Mizer style bandsaw, you can still mill, air dry and use your own lumber. What you will need however is a decent chainsaw, access to a reasonably powerful surface planer and a small to medium sized bandsaw.

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This log was just on this limit of my what would fit onto the table.

Toolbox Build is Underway!

Our Monday woodworking club saw the start of the tool box project, which is really exciting, considering a few members have only just cut their first set of dovetails! On a good sized dovetail project, there are a few really good tips I want to share to make sure that everyone building this toolbox gets… Read more »

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I like to cut tails first so that's what I teach.

Tool Box Project:

The members of our wood working club are about to embark on a simple toolbox project, and I thought it would be useful for some folks if I wrote and photographed the whole process, week by week so anyone who follows this blog can join in and get a tool box made.

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This stack of wood is enough for 5 tool box cases.

The Beauty of Diamonds

I heat my workshop with scrap wood, old pallets and such like, and so I’ve often got the job of cutting up old, tatty wood into the right size for the stove. I’m a keen hand tool user, but on grounds of practicality, I use a Hilti demolition saw to saw up old pallets. The… Read more »

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A triangular diamond file will cut the hardest tool steel!

Working with Knots?

I once worked with a fine craftsman who used to say ‘Working wood is like life itself, it’s full of knots and you have to just work with them and get through it…” or words to that effect. Now there’s an element of truth in this, sometimes knots are completely unavoidable. However, I’ve been teaching… Read more »

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The Artisan Woodworking Club

For a long time, I’ve wanted to start a woodworking club in our area and so it’s been fantastic to have the opportunity and the venue to start one a couple of weeks ago.

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The new work benches were soon put to good use!

New David Charlesworth DVD

Artisan Media filmed and edited the most recent David Charlesworth DVD from Lie-Nielsen which is getting strong reviews.

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Featured video – Fergus Wessel – stone carver

It’s been a while since Dave and I have made a short film about the artisans we meet and who inspire us. It’s very enjoyable way to get to know people and to capture the essence of what they do, and what inspires them. Each craftsman that we’ve met and filmed has let us into their world in an unique way, which results in a very personal film about each individual. I’ve enjoyed every single one.

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