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This is a very good cause, and a chance to give something back to our craft, as well as to the fallen. If every woodworker could knock out 10 to 20 of these cases, the cost would not be that great, and it would really help Sailee accomplish his mission..so how 'bout it guys, lets get it done.
You built a very nice looking tool chest. Unfortunately it won't work very well for transporting tools. Nor does it look like you'll be able to even pick it up very well. If it rides in the back of a pick-up, or van, or SUV...the tools you have laid out so nicely will be all over each other. The gentlemen that mentioned how the tools will rust in an oak cabinet is correct, you don't want to leave them in there for very long, which defeats the purpose of having the chest.
The best system I've seen and used is the Festool system to transport tools. It may not be the most romantic way of transporting tools, but it's the best...if you're trying to make any kind of income, or if time is money.
From what I can see, you did do a very nice job on the chest, and you could line the inside with a mohagony, or teak type of wood...and then keep it in the shop for your most priced woodworking tools. But as far as transporting tools...it just simply won't work very well.
I guess I don't understand all the fuss. I normally set a cabinet like the one shown, on a couple of 2x4's covered with a furniture blanket, up against the bench with a couple of rags in between. Takes all of 2 minutes, and you don't waste any materials.
I'm not sure if this is where my observation of "Tim Albers--Tool Test: Dovetail Jigs" belongs or not, as your organization of letters to the editor does not jive with what I'm used to.
In his article he tested the Akeda 16" dovetail jig stating if Akeda made a 24" they would be as good or better than the Leigh.
Akeda does make a 24" jig, and has for some time. I currently own one. I own one because I've used the Leigh and found that in no way did it come close to the Akeda in comparison. I spent a lot of time and money finding the best jig on the market, and found the Akeda superior to anything currently out there.
Just another observation from someone who makes a living from the use of these jigs, as opposed to someone who tests them for a living, and doesn't do his homework.
I agree with "rupps", I'm surprised you would drill the holes after routing the cove, for tearout. I also think you would get better results on the right and left front sides if you used a edge or disc sander ( again less tearout on the end grain ) for a much smoother and consistent finish.
I think the key words here are very simply "FINE FURNITURE". If MDF is used...it is not fine furniture. And you might as well go down to Walmart and buy what you're building if your time is worth anything, if you are going to build furniture with MDF.
It does have a place in the construction industry however. I haven't found anything that works better for countertops if you're going to use a laminate.
But as far as fine furniture goes...MDF does not apply, and cannot be used in the same sentence when you're talking about what fine furniture is constructed with.
We were actually taught this method way back when I was in Jr. High Woodshop, and I still use it today...42 years later. The only thing I do different (as we were taught) is use the two main dado blades. They are ground flatter than regular saw blades, and are a little stouter for this type of pressure against them. My set is 8 inch, about 20 years old, and has completed this process of making tenons many, many times.
I guess you have to make the decision of whether or not to put it in your book, but I have no problem showing the younger generation this procedure. This is no more unsafe than most any other procedure on the table saw. It's kind of the same as with guns.
After twenty five years of living with an inferior kitchen, we have decided it's time to remodel. Although I've built many cabinets, I've yet to tackle an entire kitchen. Please put my name in the hat for these books as well.
Oh yeah, this is my better side, don't you think?
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