Still plugging away. Next up on the chisel tray was adding the sliding lid. This is a simple, but effective design for putting a lid on a box. There’s no hardware involved either. Just a few bits of wood and your up and running.
The first bits of wood to install are the end batons. These are fixed to the box and serve to hold the lid in place. For my application I chose some 1/4″ thick stock and made them narrow. I also left them long for the installation process, which is glue and bamboo pegs. The extra length being there to help stave off splitting the ends when the pegs are driven in.
The lid itself is just a slab of 1/4″ birch ply with three batons. The batons register on the sides of the box and the two end batons are arranged to allow the installation and closing of the lid. Friction does a good job of keeping the lid closed and will be just fine for my application. Anyway, I glued and pegged these batons in place as well. Then trimmed off the extra length from all of the batons.
To keep the chisels from jumping their respective slots while in transit, I glued a tapered rib to the underside of the lid. With the lid in place, the rib just does touch the necks of the chisels and helps to hold them in place.
When I work in the shop I’m constantly jotting down notes or sketching a bit of joinery. I think we all do it. I write on whatever is handy. Scraps of wood, scraps of paper and sometimes even the bench top. Every time I do it I tell myself that I need to get a chalkboard for the shop, but then never do. Until now.
Apparently chalk board paint is popular these days, which plays out well for me. So I purchased a spray can of chalkboard paint and masked off a section of the underside of the lid.
Two coats of paint and an hour later I peeled off the tape.
The can states that the paint should be allowed to cure for 24hrs. A read a couple of things online that states letting it cure for three days is a better bet. So that is what I’ll do, just to be safe. While I’m waiting on the paint to cure I’ll wipe down all of the external surfaces of the tray with a coat of linseed oil. In a few days I’ll find out if the chalkboard paint was worth the effort.