I originally wanted to title this post “What’s so ‘Happy’ about it?”. But my mood is substantially better than a few days ago.
It may be belated, but I am thankful for cows. Or, more specifically, leftover cow parts that get boiled into hide glue. Without hide glue, my latest glue-up would not have been possible.
You may have noticed that almost 6 months to the day after finishing my Dutch Tool Chest, I commenced making another tool chest. An English Floor Chest, this time, based largely on the ubiquitous (dare I say, cosmopolitan?) Anarchist Tool Chest design. Because of the wood available to me, the case is only 23.5″ high, but I made up for that space by making the ends a full 24′ wide.
I am not exaggerating when I say the glue-up would not have been possible without hide glue. From the time I knocked the first corners together to the time I set the diagonal clamps to bring the case it into square, almost 60 minutes passed. I’m fortunate the heat was off in the shop, which probably bought me a few more minutes past the typical 45 minute max set time. PVA would have seized long before I finished.
Because the case is still slightly out of square, I have to nail the bottom boards on first, before I can apply the skirts. I hope to get both the floor nailed on and the bottom skirt dovetailed and applied before the week is out. But that feels ambitious.