It’s been a few weeks since I had enough time or energy for writing about woodworking, let alone doing any actual woodworking. But those few weeks ago I managed to advance my tool chest project quite a bit, by adding the lower skirt.
Fitting a skirt is never easy. A goberge (seen below) was enough to close the gaps on the front and back skirts. But I somehow managed to mess up one of the shoulders on the back lower skirt, resulting in a decent gap at the back left corner. I don’t think there is a structural issue, but I plan to drive some slotted screws at each corner through the end skirts, just in case.
I’m trying to make this thing entirely with materials on hand, so the tray runners are a mishmash of hardwoods. The bottom runner is ash, leftover from the sitting bench project. The middle runner is home center hobby board red oak that was once upon a time going to be a floorboard for another till. The top runner is some re-sawn 4/4 red oak from another lumber yard. I forgot how gross and unstable kiln dried red oak is.
The runners are glued flat against the inside wall, so the cupping after re-sawing turned out to be a good thing. A de facto spring joint closed up nicely with some screw clamps.
For the top tray, I will add a fourth runner: some drawer tape. It’s just ultra-high molecular weight, low friction plastic with adhesive backing. But it does work wonders to prevent wear on the soft pine walls.
Next up, if I ever find the time, is the top skirt, following which I will paint the carcase and attach the chest lifts. I’m going ultra-lazy on this one and making a plywood raised panel lid. Then it’s just tills, tool racks, and sliding trays.
Sounds easy, right?