For the last few years, I have been making things for them. So far, I have given three Roorkee chairs to three of my siblings. This makes a great gift that can be mailed to the states from Europe with relative ease.
This year is different.
I’ve been a bit preoccupied starting my new career as an English teacher, and haven’t really gotten started with this year’s Roorkee before I leave today to visit her.
Instead, I will build her a proper six board chest while I am there. It’s the perfect project for having limited time and a limited tool kit.
I have no idea what kind of wood I’ll find, and I have no idea what I will use as a workspace. No problem.
I’ll get some wood when I’m there for this project. I have ordered some milk paint, and some brad finish nails that will hopefully be delivered in time. The other thing that will be delivered is a fine old Sargent plane that is the size of a #5 that I found on Facebook. I plan to use it for this project and give it away to a family member.
I packed my trusty Dicksaw (ryoba), a marking gauge, and an iron and chip breaker from my #4 that I know will take little time to sharpen. Who knows what kind of work the one on the Sargent will need. I also brought a tapered drill bit and my leather strop which will need replacing soon. For hardware I brought a hand full of Roman nails and four Spanish brass butt hinges.
I plan to use an electric drill, if I can find one at my sister’s, and I am hoping she also has a hammer.
I will purchase at the Borg a ½” chisel, and sandpaper for sharpening, and some screws for the hinges.
It is less than a modest tool kit, but I plan on making this a “no compromises” build regardless. It also needs to be done in minimal time, and it should be painted and topped with a coat of BLO before I have to board a plane to return ten days later.
Oh, and my folks along with at least four of us siblings will be there, so the project shouldn’t get in the way of my family gathering.
Perhaps I can get some of my siblings to post a guest authored post or two about this build. It should be fun!