Dovetailed tool box for xmas

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And the second Xmas present finished.

My 4 year old loves tools.  I wonder where he gets that from?  He must have 5 or 6 tape measures he seems to talk people into giving him, plus some other mini tools I got for him.

It was kind of last minute, but since I made his brother something, I made him an old school tool box.  Used more cedar from the old fence.  I didn’t think of this before I started, but I was really nervous about breaking the pins on the cedar dovetails.  So I built everything with no test fitting until I was ready to glue the corners.  Yikes… I was lucky, it all fit well.  The partitions and bottom are dadoed in, and the handle is a through tenon held by the orientation of the corner joints.  No fasteners.  Assembly was a bit tricky with all those mating parts.  But it worked.  Glued the dovetails for good measure. I think he will like it.

Disclaimer:  yes, more dovetails.  Blatant overuse, I know.  But its just practice.

Chisels got rack! Yeah baby!

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Sorry for the sir mix-a-lot reference.  Built racks for my chisels out of old cedar fence boards.  Practiced my dovetails, which are still rough.  Not easy in cedar thats for sure.  Also attempted sliding dovetails for the walnut racks so I can remove them if I need to modify them at all.  Not pretty, but they function   A lot of work for chisels, but I have fun with things like this.  When I move into my new shop at the house, I’ll mount these to runners on the wall.

Look at that lonely Stanley 750 with the red handle.  The only one that wasn’t loose, in fact I couldn’t get it out.  If it ever comes out I’ll make a locust one to match.  Plus I made room for a few more, just in case.