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Easy methods to construct a dutch device chest


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Synopsis: This Dutch chest is transportable sufficient to slot in the automobile, and it holds sufficient instruments to get most jobs accomplished. The sloped lid is a superb floor for engaged on store drawings, and the entire venture is a good way to apply hand-cut joinery dovetails, dadoes, rabbets, cut-nail joinery, and moldings. The highest tier has loads of room for chisels, saws, planes, and structure instruments. The underside is sized for molding and joinery planes, in addition to device rolls.


I’m a die-hard fan of my full-size English device chest for working within the store—but it surely isn’t simply loaded into my automobile. As a result of I journey to show, I would like one thing smaller and extra transportable, and this Dutch device chest is good. Constructed out of pine (or one other light-weight wooden) and conveniently sized, it’s no drawback lugging this factor round. And since it holds sufficient hand instruments for many furnishings work, I at all times really feel effectively ready. Certainly, as a result of this fashion of the chest does retailer a lot, there are many individuals who take pleasure in utilizing one whereas staying put.

Maybe the chest’s most distinctive attribute is its sloped lid. Traditionally, the slope allowed rain to slip off when the chest was in transit as a substitute of gathering on the highest. But it surely’s additionally a terrific floor for engaged on store drawings. And it retains you from piling stuff on prime. 

With dovetails on the backside solely, this chest is straightforward to make and a terrific venture for these new to hand-cut joinery. (It’s additionally a pleasant chest for these with years of expertise beneath their device belts). The hand-tool abilities that you simply hone on this construct—dovetails, dadoes, rabbets, cut-nail joinery, moldings—will serve you effectively for all of your tasks to come back.

Fall front’s batten placement comes from the case itself. The closer the battens are to the sides of the carcase, the better the fall front will work. To mark their location, lay the chest on the fall front. Fitzpatrick places the battens no more than 1⁄8 in. inside the carcase sides.

Low-stress inventory prep 

The inside depth of the chest is 11-1⁄4 in.—the identical width as a 1×12—so that you don’t want a jointer and planer to prep the wooden. Simply decide the straightest, flattest 1×12 yow will discover. The chest’s width relies on holding a No. 8 jointer airplane, plus a bit of room to spare. When figuring out the association of the boards for the carcase sides and backside, take into account having their coronary heart aspect face out; that manner, in the event that they finally cup, they are going to cup inward and be restrained within the center by the dovetails and shelf dado, and the joints will keep closed. If the bark aspect faces out, the boards will cup outward, which may open the joints. But additionally take into account the looks, notably if utilizing a transparent end; good joinery ought to maintain the boards flat in both orientation. 

From Superb Woodworking #293

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