I’ll be making a couple of these toolboxes, one for this blog and the other for the filming. The methods will be about the same although there may be some variance if I see the need for some practical or necessary reason of improvement. To start with, in this blog I am using up a…

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I glued up my toolbox build yesterday afternoon before I left the Penrhyn Castle workshop for home. Multiple dovetails demand your full attention and of course you must drive yourself so as not to procrastinate and so fail to set the tails home into the glued recesses. Dismantling the original toolbox we’re copying is still an…

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Cutting the dovetails and coping saw usage It’s not the best way, using a coping saw or a fret saw, but it can speed up the operation if you are in a hurry or making a beehive. On finer joinery it’s not really accepted. That said, a tool box of this type would not generally…

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Dovetailed Skirting and Lock and Hinge Rail Misnomered as Trim There is more to it than that. The skirting boards protect the box from damage or at least reduce the risk of main-box damage, that’s true, but it more importantly thickens up the base area corners to make for much increased structural stability and solidity…

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Working on the toolbox build Yesterday and today we filmed making the toolbox for the start to the New Year series to start 2015 with. I have a feeling that this could be as popular a series as any we have done so far and as far as conservation goes it’s important to me as it means hundreds…

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  • Lee Jensen on I Stood Back . . .we just replaced 34 year old solid oak kitchen cabinets they had no cracks anywhere we replaced them with solid maple you'll like them
  • William Swinyer on A Few Years AgoHi Paul, I agree with the person above with the idea of doing this as a WWMC project. It would be a great project. Sincerely, William Swinyer
  • Clarence Zimmerman on A Few Years AgoThank you! My son, 34 years of age passed away 2 years ago this month. As a boy, he spent time with me in the shop as I built his bedroom furniture, etc.. aspiring to leave him mem…
  • Mike Z. on A Future PastGreat stories and pictures to boot! I think part of why your teaching methods work so well is the time you spent on both sides of the Atlantic ocean - not an easy chasm to straddle…
  • Alain Briot on A Few Years AgoWho is Joseph? Your son? Thank you for the nice story.
  • Dave R on A Few Years AgoI also would love to see this toolchest as a project on WWMC.
  • Nick Jones on A Few Years AgoWhat a lovely story. Time with our kids is the most precious, rewarding and important time of our lives. Wonderful.