Does this have anything to do with woodworking? No. Not really.
Lately I've been thinking a lot about an upcoming cooperative chair build (more on this later), and during my downtime in the shop, I became a bad anarchist, and started buying chair making tools like crazy.
Since I am travelling to make the chair, I need a travelling tool chest to keep them in.
I needed something lightweight, and quick to build. The quick to build requirement reminded me of the chest that Richard McGuire from the English Woodworker. He was in the same need when he designed his. Since he went through the bother of designing it, that saves me a bit of time, too!
I happened to have some nice wide bits of laminated, wrapped in plastic paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa) boards. This, I have determined, is the ultimate quick and dirty project wood.
Paulownia isn't the strongest of woods, but it is indeed wood, so automatically it is better than MDF in my book. One huge advantage for this wood in a travelling tool chest is that it is only about half the weight of pine!
Enough blabber, here are some photos of my new chest:
|Waiting for the paint to dry.|
|I think it turned out OK.|
|I have very little experience with clinched nails. I found them fun!|
My neighbors less so, I'm sure.
I just winged the dimensions. This chest is about 24" wide, 15" deep, and about 12" tall. No glue, only nails. But, I suspect these clinched nails will hold up better than the paulownia.
This is a great project to do with a limited tool kit, such as my Beginner's Tool Kit. If you'd like to see Richard's video on how to build this chest, go here.
If you are wondering, I painted the chest with some off the rack 2 in 1 paint from the local Borg. 2 in 1 paint is great, because it covers in one coat, and needs no primer. I might try it on my ATC, which is still waiting for me to decide to paint it.
The color: Enzian Blue.