With the top and carcass complete, drawers are done. Its time for hardware, shellac and tools!
Lets start with Brusso hinges. A separate blog post covers these but they are so well made they deem mention again. The machining is fantastic and all the specs are on their website. I picked up this set form toolsforworkingwood.com. The install was a learning experience. Brass wood screws do not like hardwood. They like soft pine. Solution, use a steel screw first then replace it with a brass screw. Sounds intuitive, its not :). It took be 4 broken screws before I got this down solid.
After the hinges were installed I added brass chains on both sides for added support. The lid is quite heavy so every extra bit helps.
Hinges are hand forged iron hings from Black Bear Forge. These are some solid handles that can support the weight of this tool chest. This chest is meant to be moved. The other choices on the internet were disappointing as most could not hold any weight. The remaining available ones at the hardware store and amazon had no style or character. After all the work on the chest I wanted something that stood out.
Lid is installed with the Brusso Hinges and the handles are attached and a few coats of garnet shellac from Tools for Working Wood and a coat or two of bowling alley wax.
I did not have many shots of the drawers, the wood handles are mortised into the drawer front.
Lots of room for the most popular planes I use. No its not the Anarchist Tool Chest, but it can hold most all the tools I used to make the chest and then some.
For some space saving I glued up some scrap pieces and attached them to the inside of the lid to hold my sash saw and dovetail saw along with my go to Woodpecker squares.
Good job Mike!!!
Regards from Cyprus!
p.s. and congratulations for this excellent blog!
Now thats what i call a proper tool cabinet
Nicely done Mike!
Got a long way to go to do that dude! Congratulations!
…but its in my plans!!!…
Tassos from Cyprus