I decided I wanted to build a smaller scale version of my Tommy Mac Tool Chest that I built 3 years ago.
I have a few miniature versions of some tools from various sources. Once Veritas settled on one-third scale for their miniature tools, I have acquired most of these, some as gifts, some as "must-buys". I also made a reproduction of my original-design plane hammer, which was very cool.
I have purchased a few Paul Hamler reproductions over the last while as well and felt I wanted to house them in the style they deserve. My Tommy Mac Tool Chest was a seminal project for me which ties many of the skills I have developed over the years into a single project; and providing a benchmark to strive toward for future projects.
Like all projects, I started out with my lumber stack. All materials were milled to exactly one-third of nominal thickness of the original materials - mostly 3/4" (.250") & 1/2" (.166").
This provided a chance to use up some strips i had left from the previous projects, while still leaving at least a cord of tongue depressor sized strips behind. These will be for the next project - or the stove!
|Cleaning out the tails in the top.|
Since I was doing dovetails and it was to remain true to the full-scale version, I used my David Barron dovetail jig to cut them. While making dovetails 1/3 the size in 1/4" material is no different, errors are magnified so absolute precision was paramount.
|test fit of dovetails...|
|Gluing up the carcase, staying square was critical.|
|Cleaning out the dadoes and rabbets with the Veritas Mini Shoulder.|
|When adjusting a mini plane, one needs a mini hammer...|
|The web frames installed providing more structure and runners for the drawers.|
These are maple with cherry strips on the front.
|The first drawer being test fit and trimmed for a piston fit.|
|Beauty shot of the original plane hammer and its baby brothers.|
All parts turned by me on the lathe.
|With the drawers fitted, time to clean up the dovetails with my Bill Carter mini plane.|
|Drawer layout with green leather bottoms and knobs installed.|
|The Tool Chest completed, finished, and its a new home for some small tools|
Now back to projects on the to-do list, this was a nice distraction.