Every shop needs a tool chest. Not only does it provide a place to store your prized tools, it also provides a way to show off your woodworking skills. The tool chest shown in this instructional video Class is a classic – with dovetailed corners, breadboard ends, mitered base molding and leather strap handles. These features will allow the chest to stand up to the test of time, and look great while doing so.
You’ll not only end up with a great looking and functional tool chest after viewing this class, you’ll use and enhance some key woodworking skills and techniques that will be valuable to you for many shop projects.
Through dovetails are used on the chest, and also on the storage trays inside the chest. The chest dovetails are cut using a dovetail jig, and the Class takes you step-by-step through the set up required for great dovetails. The dovetails on the trays are cut using a combination of bandsaw and hand tool work. If you’re not interested in using dovetails for the project, or don’t have the tools to do so, no problem. We’ll teach you alternate joinery techniques.
The breadboard ends are held in place with a tongue and groove joint. Breadboard ends are both attractive and functional, but must be used correctly or they can lead to cracks in your woodworking project. We’ll take you through the process, start to finish.
We’re using reclaimed Ponderosa Pine for our chest, but any material will work. Reclaimed wood helps make your project an “instant antique,” allowing character that developed over many years to come through. We’ll provide you with tips and tricks for working with reclaimed wood on your woodworking projects.
GLUE UPS, RESAWING & MITERS
The tool chest requires large panels, so we’ll teach you how to make great glue joints, and keep panels flat while gluing edge to edge. We’ll also show you how to resaw on the bandsaw to create the tray cleats, and how to create perfect miters for the base molding.
In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this online Class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key steps of the Class instruction; a detailed drawing of the tool chest elements with a cut list; and source references for the tools and material used in the Class.