With the chest completed it’s finally time to start adding some of the tool holders and begin filling it. The goal is to have all of the regularly used tools easily accessible in the upper, main compartment and the specialty items in the lower.
The floor of the main compartment will hold the three bench planes; my jointer, jack plane and smoother. To provide a bit of regularity to where they are situated, I’ve made a small dividing box out of ¼” poplar that will separate the jack and smooth plane from the jointer. For now I’m just going to friction fit the box in the bottom as opposed to nailing or gluing it in place. This will help with the issue of attaching thin pieces of poplar to the chest and will allow me to modify things later if I choose.
Next, I want to add the chisel rack to the back of the chest to see how much room I have left for the backsaws. The chisel rack is a simple piece of pine with several holes bored through it, and just because I couldn’t resist, I also put a couple beads along the front.
The numerous holes gave me a reason to dust off a cheap little benchtop drillpress that had been collecting dust in the garage and put it to use. All of the holes were bored with a ½ inch Forstner bit, except for three that are for my wider chisels.
I attached the chisel rack to the back of the chest using three nice slotted screws from Blacksmith Bolt.
The final piece for the main compartment is the saw till for the back saws. For this I used a couple of scrap pieces of pine, clamped them together and used the individual saws to cut the kerfs that will hold them.
I screwed the saw till to the bottom of the compartment and started putting in tools! I’m going to leave the bottom compartment completely open for now and perhaps I’ll add a shallow drawer later, but I think that’s unlikely. At this point the only item remaining is the till for the panel saws that will attach to the lid. I can’t believe the chest finally has tools in it and I can begin working out of it.
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