Well moving has its challenges doesn't it? Still no internet access at the home front and the tethering app I was using with my phone suddenly decided to stop letting me access secured sites, so that leaves me going to free wifi spots for the time being. But that's OK because it has led me to discover the LaCrosse Public Library, which is a great building, comfortable to work in, and has a boat load of woodworking and antique furniture books, I'm a pig in hog heaven here.
Last article I spoke a little about the tools that were included in the old tool chest given to me by my Father-In-Law, brought over from Norway in 1865 by is great uncle Melvin Indahl. For more of the background you can catch up on the story by clicking HERE. This time what I want to do is go over the actual chest itself.
For those of you unfamiliar with pit sawing Peter Follansbee has several excellent posts about the process over at his blog "Joiner's Notes" but here is a link to my favorite one that also has some video with it. (CLICK HERE)
I cannot justify leaving this piece in my shop, It is just too much of a family heirloom to let it continue taking abuse here. My plans are to start constructing a replica of this chest, with modifications done for my tools and some just to make me happy. I will be using dovetails and dados and mortise and tenons and maybe a few other tricks. Once the new chest is done, this one will be able to retire comfortably with some of the other antiques in our home.
Before I go for the day I have one other very exciting note. Matt Vanderlist over at Matt's Basement Workshop has added the Oldwolf Workshop to those who have contributed to his very popular "Spoken Wood Podcast" To be included in such company along with other bloggers and woodworkers I very much look up to is a very humbling experience. This is my first go at recording my own voice reading one of my posts and there was more of a learning curve to it than I initially thought so my hat is off to those who do that recording, podcast work often. If you haven't, go take a listen to my entry at Spoken Wood Podcast no. 79, and if you haven't stop and subscribe to the podcast to keep up with all the great content that finds its way to Matt's doorstep.