Building a Cabinet Maker’s Tool Chest
The tool chest preparations as a woodworkingmasterclasses series are well underway and having seen the projects in the Gallery here I am sure you will enjoy making a full-sized box like this one, which should hold a full kit of woodworking joinery tools and then some. I will be including the plans for the Joiner’s Tool Chest too. The skills we will be teaching in the online broadcast in the chest are identical to the joiner’s tool box but the sizes differ. You will I am sure want to build both and take care of every tool you will need in two boxes.
Making Kitchen Boards
By popular request we are making two types of kitchen board. One is a bread baking board that can be used for hot trays too, the other is a cutting board. The skill sets are uniquely different, but both are intended to develop your skills. One is more likely an older teens or adult project, while the other I hope will encourage whole family woodworking for any and all ages and skill levels. The choice of woods will be up to you, but in our house we have used pine cutting boards for a decade and more and they hold up just fine. For healthy life you may ultimately want to make a few different ones and colour-code them for different foods according to the food industry guidelines:
- Green: Fruits & Vegetables
- Yellow: Raw Poultry
- Blue: Cooked Food
- White: Dairy Products
- Tan: Fish & Seafood
- Red: Raw Meat
By the time you’ve made these boards your skills will be mastered and you will own a set of boards that reduce the risk of cross-contamination whereby bacteria is transferred from one food product type to another by way of contaminated food utensils.
Regardless of your skill level, I suggest you make them before teaching the process to a younger one. My hope is that the cutting board will be an ideal starter project for new woodworkers in your charge. Almost any wood will work, ash, oak, cherry, pine, poplar, beech, maple all make good boards. It’s not necessary to laminate them and, contrary to what you read or others might say, the single-piece solid board lasts longer than any laminated ones. As far as stability goes, this can vary according to wood and use. Mine have always been single piece and they have always lasted well. They may move a little at first, but soon they settle down.
The second board has four through mortise and tenons in them and were taken from an original design used at the kitchens of Penrhyn Castle. Scale the project of you want to but the original board is a massive 1 1/2” by 16” by 24” long. this one is the one you asked about because you wanted breadboard ends. This one has several training dynamics that can be mastered for the kitchen board and then adopted for other projects such as tabletops.
Don’t forget to sign in for our woodworkingmasterclasses if you haven’t already. There is a great deal of good information here and you can learn online with us as you build the projects we developed for training woodworkers around the world