In Latin, this expression means in the middle of things, and is usually used in discussion about literature.
In this case, well, it’s a peek in the middle of my case.. my tool case that is.
Yes, the case of the toolbox is just about complete, and I couldn’t be any happier with the results. With the back and front on – man – this piece is looking pretty sweet. Now, when Chris Schwarz made the piece, he used all hand tools, but I didn’t…
However, I did use them more than I expected. Let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like paring pine with a sharp chisel.. it’s a pretty darned cool thing.
It was so cool, in fact, that I made this cool tool rack. Sure, Chris had gone with a plain board with holes drilled into it, but I went with a wider board that I notched two slots into the back, and secured it through the back with some screws put through slots. This allowed me to store some other tools, such as wider Japanese chisels and some squares, along with the chisels.
What should have been the easiest part, however, caused me a few issues.
One of the coolest features of this chest is the fall front, which is basically an unhinged front held on with a few battens and a sliding lock of wood that rides in some notches. This is where I got some really good hand saw and chisel practice, and it was fun. I see more hand tool work in my future.One great joint I used for the first time – ever – was the tongue and groove. Using a router bit setup, I was able to join the back to make it solid, and it didn’t even need glue to make a nice tight joint. Now that I have done it once, I have become fascinated with cutting this joint with a set of matched hand planes… But, that’s a post for another day.
Now, I have to do the lid, sand everything and finish it with some milk paint. Then, I can start becoming more friendly with my hand tools…