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Storage Box/Chest

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Storage Box/Chest

Postby Rod » 07 May 2018, 19:14

With all the medical treatment I’ve been having over the last 4yrs I really haven’t done much in my workshop apart from the odd bit of DIY maintenance etc. But a few weeks ago I was dragged round a Furniture showroom ( to buy some anti slip carpet stuff) when my wife spotted an Ercol storage chest. Apart from the fact it was £322 it was also too big for space available for it.
“I’ll make you one I said, I’ve got some lovely walnut for the top which will match the chest of drawers”.

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So last week I dug out the wood from my shed.

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I’ve got 4 planks of air dried walnut that I bought years ago, 2 top quality and 2 not so good with a few knots and defects. After a bit of head scratching and a few design changes, I reckoned I could get the poorer quality walnut to work.
For the painted areas I’ve got several boards of “dirty” sycamore which should do the trick.

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Lesser Quality

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Cutting down, ready for thicknessing

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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby timothyedoran » 07 May 2018, 20:21

Looks a nice project. I'm looking forward to the next post

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Postby Malc2098 » 07 May 2018, 21:34

I can practically smell the sawdust!
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Woodbloke » 07 May 2018, 21:54

Nice walnut...going to be a gud'n :D - Rob
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby DaveL » 07 May 2018, 23:44

Woodbloke wrote:Nice walnut...going to be a gud'n :D - Rob
Yes that walnut does look very good.
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Postby Mike G » 08 May 2018, 07:18

Good to see you back in your workshop, Rod.
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Andyp » 08 May 2018, 07:54

Mike G wrote:Good to see you back in your workshop, Rod.


:text-+1: Must be great to smell the sawdust again. Are you going to fire up the lathe as well and turn some legs as per the Ercol one?
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Woodbloke » 08 May 2018, 19:00

Mike G wrote:Good to see you back in your workshop, Rod.

:text-+1: - Rob
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Rod » 08 May 2018, 21:03

Thanks

Andy - I might go for the easy option as I’ve some double mortices and housing to cut into them.
Actually thinking about them, I might be able to turn them after the cutting??

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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby 9fingers » 09 May 2018, 07:56

I've seen mortices cut first and plugged for turning as well as a jig used for morticing after turning. I think the former is probably easier.

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Storage Box/Chest

Postby Rod » 17 May 2018, 00:11

Despite being a man of leisure, gardening and Grand-parenting duties keep getting in the way.

I used my WoodRat for cutting the mortices, housings and panel rebates but my router table for the panel rising - the cutter is a bit too wide for the rat.
For the mortices and housings I used a carbide spiral uncut. For the rebates and panel rising I used cutters from Wealden.

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Dry fitting:

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I’m leaving the tenon cutting until last ( which I do on my Bandsaw) to cater for any minor fitting discrepancies. I haven’t decided wether to trim the mortices square or leave as cut and round the tenons instead - very quick using a Japanese saw file.

To be continued

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Postby Malc2098 » 17 May 2018, 08:30

Can smell the sawdust from here!
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Postby DaveL » 17 May 2018, 13:47

Looking good, will you get the balance of the £300 to restock the workshop?
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Doug » 17 May 2018, 17:33

Good progress Rod :eusa-clap:

Could I ask the brand of your quick change collet & what you think of it ?
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Woodbloke » 17 May 2018, 17:42

Doug wrote:Good progress Rod :eusa-clap:

Could I ask the brand of your quick change collet & what you think of it ?

That looks like this bit of kit, which is utterly fantastic :D. Had one in my router table on the big Trend for several years - Rob
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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Rod » 17 May 2018, 18:52

Yes that’s the one, makes changing cutters a cinch. Don’t remember paying that sort of money though!

Dave - that’ll be the day though I’ve still quite a stock of timber to get through.

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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Rod » 17 May 2018, 18:57

I started cutting out the tenons - I carefully marked and numbered all the pieces after the dry fit then stupidly cut them off using the Bandsaw!!

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Time to pack up for the day.

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Re: Storage Box/Chest

Postby Rod » 21 May 2018, 09:51

Trimming the tenons

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More dry fitting:

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