A while back I sent you pictures of an old tool chest I was able to get, and I thought you might like to see the mostly finished chest. It was in rough shape and needed a lot of work. I have been diligently plugging away at it as best as one can who has two small boys and a full time job. Now I finally have it mostly done, am working out of it, and I think it looks pretty good considering what I started with. I hope this is not imposing too much but I sent you a video I made about the chest, this seemed the best way to show folks about it. Sorry about the larger file size, just let me know if you’d prefer a photo or two instead.
I feel like the chest is about 100 years old, based on the size and quality of the boards used in it, but I am only guessing. My feeling is that the original owner was more a carpenter than a joiner, and I suspect the sides are just nailed together under those metal plates. I had to repair the lock mortice, replace a missing portion of the rails that the tills slide on, repair the upper skirt, replace the casters, and, oh well you get the idea. I stripped as much of the paint as I could get out from the interior, and the wood is beautiful! The outside was repainted with Federal Blue milk paint and the hardware cleaned up.
Due to the depth of the lid I opted to store some tools there, and I may add a few more. My saw till tilts out so that the larger saws can be removed without any difficulty. I also made some gravity-actuated turn-buttons on the saw till to keep the saws from sliding out in the event the chest is jostled while closed. I am limited with the tills in that they are all the same depth, and one day I may make a new bottom till that is step-sided so that I can make it deeper. I am also a bit limited with the depth of the bottom area, as the moulding planes cannot be placed on their ends. I do plan on adding a dividing wall to the center of the main well to separate the space and hang some tools like my draw knife. I do like the little side latch, the finger recesses in the back wall, and the external lid support
Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience with you, since I blame you for getting this tool chest idea in my head (that is a good thing, though). I bought the ePub version of your book and I really enjoyed it, well done. I am in love with the tool chest idea – it is absolutely the best option I have in my very limited space, and I am enjoying working out of it. Thanks too for all you do for the woodworking community. On my recommendation the academic library that I work for has purchased some of the books from you at LAP and we are hopefully going to order “Mouldings in Practice” next. Keep up the good work and thanks again!
– Jason Stamper