Friday, March 27, 2015

My Boy Friday

Building your own tool chest is considered a badge of honor among most woodworkers. I get the attraction. They're clever, they're attractive and functional and a terrific way to see what tools you have on hand, rather than rooting through a drawer to find something. 

One of my favorite's is this chest, built by Chris Becksvoort. It's simple and clean, and well organized.

Or this one: 

If you've been hanging out at my shop lately, you may have spied this tool chest in the back room, 

being built by Denny, my Boy Friday. 

Boy Friday 

A 'go to' boy; a man who will help you get things taken care of; a man you can rely on when you are in need of extra assistance; a man who acts as a 'jack of all trades' and is capable of doing almost anything; a man you can count on when you are overwhelmed with your own chores and the duties must be done; a man who does most of the leg work on a project, but never takes (or gets) credit.

For example:  When you need extra help -- I'm your Boy Friday.


He was inspired by seeing this book - 

and this cabinet by Greg Radley. 

Sometimes a piece will do that to you - motivate you to create your own interpretation of it. So he hopped to it, building the top cabinet to house his favorite tools. His chisels and various hand tools will eventually hang inside the doors, but for now - he's working on the base. 

Here's a nice little detail - a hand pull routed into the bottom of each door, so that he didn't have to use hardware.

The grain on these drawers match all the way across the faces - and the drawers are dovetailed, 

as is the whole cabinet. 

He even included some cool details, like wedged tenons on his shelves.

And these cubbies were designed to hold his routers and sanders - a nice solution to an ever present storage issue. I can't wait to see what he comes up with for the base - there are a lot of options.  

There is some amazing work coming out of the shop these days....  Lupe's chairs

Beth's dining room benches and chairs,

  Ann's lathe work...

  Even the tamboured jewelry boxes we're making in the Box class ...

 everyone is inspired and doing amazing work. 

It's a very Happy (and busy!) Spring in the shop!

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