Chris was an awesome guy, fun to share a pint with, with lots of information to share.
Laying out the pins
The majority of the week was spent cutting dovetails, everything is dovetailed; carcass, skirts, till, dust seal. So after five days laying out, sawing and CHOPPING dovetails is almost second nature which is a great skill to have.
Watch this video to see me assemble my tool chest.
Fitting the bottom boards of the chest
I wasn't able to finish the chest in the five days. I manage to get the carcass assembled and the skirts installed. The following week with no class running in the school I finished off the lid and got all the interior storage completed.
The chest is now complete and I love it. I like that all my tools now have a solid home. The tills on the inside mean everything has a place to go, which helps with my work flow during the day. Once I am done with a tool I find that I put it right away back where it belongs which helps keep my bench top clear.
The chest now sits behind me at my bench which makes everything I need in arms reach which is fantastic.
The saw till is screwed straight to the lid and holds my backs saws. A saw till in the chest holds to hand saws and a coping saw, with more space if I want to add more saws.
The three tills in the chest hold everything from joinery planes to pencils, callipers to braces. I may add some dividers to the tills to keep some items from banging around, but I don't want to limit storage flexibility in the tills.
Added a tool rack to the chest, the rack sits on a french cleat so it can be pulled out and hung on a wall if it wanted to. Right now the rack holds my chisels, marking knives and marking gauges, but has space to hold more.
A wonderful project, and a very fun class to participate in. A huge shout out to Chris and many thanks.