About a month ago, I visited a particularly close friend for the first time in a long time. We had a two-fold agenda: (I) develop a metal prototype for a woodworking bench appliance and (II) hang a new door and create a cat door in it. We accomplished both and had a great time. More on the bench appliance later.
I mention it now because finally got to use my casket tool chest for its intended purpose: traveling with a set of woodworking tools. Although the wall rack leaves something to be desired (because of clearance above the rack), the tool chest worked wonderfully. I daresay it held a basic tool kit worth of tools: enough to make real furniture anywhere.
I was able to fit a No. 5 1/2 jack plane, block plane, rip tenon saw, chisel roll, hand brace, auger bit roll, egg beater drill, mallets and hammers, plus 8″ and 12″ F-clamps, all in the well. Gauges, dividers and other miscellany fit in the wall rack. I am especially pleased with how the till worked out. My diamond plates and other sharpening accoutrements fit beautifully, and there is even room to spare for other marking and measuring tools.
I never did a full inventory. I think the entire operation would have been streamlined by a till for the tenon saw, though. But that’s a small complaint.
Just goes to show: sometimes the best-laid plans do work out.