With the floorboards now flushed to the case on the traveling tool tote, I’m at a critical juncture. Should I finish the dovetailed skirt, or do I fit the tray runners? Obviously, the runners, but not for the reason you’d think.
The walls of the carcass are only 11/16″ thick. But the cast iron chest handles I’ve selected take 1″, No. 12 screws. The case is becoming unwieldy, so in order to attach the handles I need the extra thickness from the runners. After the handles are attached, I can apply the skirt, add the rot strips and paint the carcass (Tuscan Red this time). Then I’ll turn to the sliding tray, wall rack and battened lid.
But in the meantime, I only have two wooden clamps and the hide glue needs to dry.