Well, it’s not quite as hot, but the humidity is still hanging on. An hour at a stretch is about all I can take. I know what the next project will be, but I’m struggling with the design. So I’ve been looking over the shop and evaluating my current setup. It has been just about a year since I moved into the new shop and I’ve built a few projects in it. So a review of what is working and what is not is in order.
In general most things are working “as is”. I need to work out some sort of clamp storage though. I think I have had them on or under just about every surface. My other issue is that I tend to end up with my chisels strung all over the bench while working on a project. It is just a matter of time before one of them ends up getting knocked to the floor. Not a welcome thought. So I decided that a chisel tray of some type would be in order. Plus it will help me in my quest to shrink the scrap pile.
The first step was to lay out my chisels on a piece of paper to determine the best arrangement for what I had in mind. Beyond protecting my chisels, I want to be able to easily remove and replace each chisel. If I don’t satisfy that latter goal, it will be just a matter of time before I’m back to plopping chisels on the bench top.
The basic construction will be based upon a Japanese toolbox. A basic box with a sliding lid. The outer frame will be from 1/2″ pine and joined at the corners with a simple pegged finger joint. The interior will be built up piece by piece and those pieces will be held in place with a combination of glue and pegs.
It seemed appropriate to tune up my Japanese planes and use them to build this project. Plus I have something else in mind for them. More on that later.
That’s about all of the humidity I could take for the day. I’ll plug away at this chisel tray during the week.
Greg Merritt Part 2