So maybe it does look like a coffin, but the traveling tool chest 2.0 is officially done. I use the word “done” on purpose, because it’s not quite finished (cough).
In the end, there was very little agonizing over how to attach the iron handles. Two oak blocks were glued to the inside of the chest and screws were driven from each side. Simple.
Unlike its precedessor, this chest has a single stationary till. I don’t usually dovetail tills (preferring to rabbet and nail for speed of assembly), but in this case, only dovetails would do. There will be too much stress on the left wall of the till every time it comes in and out of the chest.
Having never built a stationary till before, I reach an organic solution that but for modesty I would claim credit for. The rack on the back wall is proud of the runner and acts as a stop to keep the till from sliding around. I am undoubtedly not the first to use such a trick.
The till itself is only 9″ wide, which limits its holding capacity to smaller items. But that means about 13″ of floor space is unobstructed: plenty to get a jointer plane in and out without having to remove the till. This is a vast improvement over version 1.0, where the “sliding” till blocked all access to the well.
Now to psych myself up for painting. In the meantime, I’m making the crochet for my workbench.
More on that soon.