29 June Update:
The chest arrived to Albert on Thursday the 27th. Albert had yet to return home from Afghanistan, but his wife was gracious enough to allow the monstrosity of a crate into her home. I am very curious to know what she was thinking when UPS showed up at her door with a 100 lb plywood crate. Albert returned home last Friday to the surprise. He was quite stunned and excited as he had no idea that it was coming. The timing, in my opinion, was near perfect. In the near future Albert is going to take some pictures with the chest and his boys as well as write something for the blog. First he must spend time with his family, which is much more important than woodworking.
I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when he saw this thing. He probably had children all over in him with a wife nearby struggling just to stay awake after 36 hours of travel. I am familiar with this feeling as I once worked in Australia and my commute was plane rides of 4 hrs, 15 hrs, 4 hrs, and 2 hrs, then on to a 1 hr helicopter ride – after that 28 days of work. The body and mind are both in a massive state of disarray. Add on family obligations and some fruit loop sending you a massive crate unbeknownst to you……too much / hilarious for me to think about (Sorry Albert).
Anyway – Albert will be in sharing with his initial thoughts very soon.
PS: I was trolling the interwebs and found someone who ripped off my idea. Bravo sir!
If you wanted to participate in this one but someone beat you to the punch on the tool you were going to donate it still may be needed here. Mike Davis, who donated the honing jig, is running it.
Maybe this type of grass roots “shop class” will catch on and we can get America back to being proud of building (and not being lawyers / terrible pop stars – sorry to the good lawyers out there). Exposure to the crafts is the first step.
23 June Update:
Well….this is the second to last update for this series of posts. The last will be “the reaction.” The chest, full of tools, is currently traveling across the country and my excitement is palpable. I really hope the shipping company does not screw this up.
A little later this week the recipient will have his door bell ring and UPS will be standing there with a 100 lb crate. I am so very curious to what will be running through his head. When the crate is then opened the only thing standing between him and wood working will be wood. I assume he could remove the wood from the crate and use that, but I doubt it.
Soon we will be welcoming another into the craft of woodworking and thus perpetuating the craft. I believe our goal has been accomplished.
I will be back soon with the conclusion to this story.
Thank you so much for helping me complete this task. I could not have done this without your help.
P.S. I underestimated the shipping cost…it was $300. For those who wanted to donate a tool but didn’t get the opportunity I would be ok with a little help with the shipping cost. If you are interested helping with the shipping cost you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
16 June Update:
Its been a few days since I have made a post – but I have been working! The chest is nearly complete. I was able to get the primer coat on today and build the shipping crate. I am not happy with the shipping crate, so I plan on modifying it just a bit. Other than that – two coats of paint, reinstall the hinges, install the handles and we are done. I hope to have it on a truck this week for delivery next week.
We are getting very close – I am getting excited.
05 June Update:
Hi everyone. The tool list is rounding out famously. Only a few things to go. I am really feeling the pressure – I am getting real close to having only one person to blame for the project not being complete (that would be me). My plan is to finish construction this weekend. I was able to the chest body cleaned up tonight – just have to build and install the top. Painting shortly after that.
Below is a picture of two beautiful squares that were made by Aaron Moore. Aaron is part of the duo that runs Walke Moore Tools. He also donated the two small clamps, that he also sells. These little clamps are very neat. The site also has an interesting blog worth giving a look too. Thanks for building the square for us Aaron!
02 June Update:
I was able to get a bit of work in on the tool chest done this evening. the front panel is complete and the top is in clamps waiting for glue to dry. I still need to clean up the outside, build / install the top, and of course paint. Since there were so many different panels going on to the outside at different times I left the outside “rough.” I cleaned up the inside as my reference face and then took a few quick passes with the smoothing plane. Once the edges were jointed I was happy to start with the joinery. I am hoping this theory works out. It was derived to save a bit of time.
I was a bit surprised how easy the front locking system went in. I was assuming this was going to take quite a bit of fiddling. It didn’t.
I am a bit nervous about the breadboard ends. I have never done this before, but there is a first time for everything.
Chris also sent me a note that the bench is on it’s way to my house. The project is coming together nicely.
Tool list update (only a few more items to go):
Thanks again everyone!
28 May Update:
I was able to get some work done on the chest this weekend but not enough. Here are a few progress pictures.
The tongue and groove was fun to make – it was the first time I have done this. You can see my bevel gauge – I have left the angle locked since the first cut. I refuse to unlock it until the chest is done.
I also learned something about screwing on the bottom lip. Don’t put a screw directly in the middle – the wooden latch goes through there. Whoops. I have an idea on how to fix it.
The 8 lb load test went well!
22 May Update:
Thanks again everyone – Tool List Update:
21 May Update:
Tool list update and a better photograph.
20 May Update:
Here is a quick update. I was able to get the chest glued up this afternoon. Here is a quick (and terrible mobile phone) picture. I will get a better one up soon. I still need to order some chest lift, all of the other hardware has arrived. I will also need to get some paint. We may need a vote on paint color. We are still on track for an early June ship out.
I also updated the tool list and ordered the last few unclaimed items. I have highlighted the items I have received in yellow.
Thanks again for helping!
12 May Update:
Fail. I failed to complete my goal for the weekend. I don’t think it will prevent me from finishing the build by early June though. My excuse – I had to go into work today. I don’t really like excuses though – I still didn’t finish. I did get to talk to my mom - so that was a success.
I am not sure why “they” call lumber S4S. While it may be surfaced – it is necessarily ready for anything. A few quick swipes from the No. 7, No. 2, & No. 51 and it was ready to go. I have never dovetailed cypress before but I know it is on the softer side – so I was a little more aggressive on my sawing.
There are still a few tools left to be picked up on the list if anyone else is interested.
Ethan – whose is donating the No.4 has posted some informations about his refurb. Interesting posts - http://thekiltedwoodworker.com/
For the tool donors – I sent an email about shipping – if you didn’t see it please post a comment or send me an email.
Here are a few progress pictures:
I do have to admit – I used my Festool track saw to cut the top bevel. Don’t tell anyone.
10 May Update:
Nearly all of the items on the list are accounted for. I should have the last few taken care of the first part of next week. The goals for the weekend are: dovetail the carcass, cut the 30° bevel on the top, and install the shelf. Pictures of the chest state should be up no later than Monday night. If I move fast enough I hope to have the back prepped for install and the panels glued up.
I have also ordered the hinges and screws for the project. I will post pics when they get here.
For all of those that are donating I have sent out an email with my shipping address and few instructions. If you are donating and did not receive the email please let me know.
I believe we are still on schedule for an early June ship out date.
04 May Update:
The list is almost complete. There are only a few items remaining. Thanks again to all those who have donated. For the last few items on the last I have been in contact with Patrick Leach who runs the wonderful supertool.com. I should be able to round out the remaining items with Patrick’s help.
I also ran to the lumber yard today to pick up the lumber for the chest. I was able to pick up some 1 x 12 S4S cypress to make the chest out of. I choose it because – it is local, it is not extremely heavy, it is wide enough so that I only have to glue up 3 panels, and it looks nice. I cut all the pieces to rough size – I am going to give it a week to acclimate to the house before I start building the chest. I do need to order a couple of hinges and some nice screws. We are well on the way – I think everything should be complete by the beginning of June.
01 May Update – 2300 hrs.
This is still going great. I am still amazed at the generosity.
I have learned a couple of things so far: 1) there is an absolutely mind boggling number of coping saws out there that people are willing to donate and 2) I drastically underestimated the communications side of this project.
For all of those that are on the list, my plan is to send out a group email with my shipping address when we get the list finalized. I am trying to make this as simple as possible – I don’t want to over engineer it. (What engineers like me typically do)
30 April Update – 2130 hrs
Wow – I now am feeling the pressure to get the tool chest built – It appears that I am the only one holding up this process. I hope to get started prepping stock this weekend.
I would like to thank all of you that have chosen to participate. I have updated the list below to show what has been donated to date. (Mr. Szczpepanski screwed up my spreadsheet because he has just too many consonants in his name)
I didn’t think about it previously but a very hard part of this has been telling people no. More people than this list reflects have offered to participate…but someone beat them to the punch on the item they wished to donate. To those of you that I had to decline, I do apologize. Maybe we can do this again one day!
Original Post (29 April):
I like to do nice things for people and I hope you do as well.
When I first started this blog I wrote a post about perpetuating woodworking. The idea behind this post was that we should consider purchasing tools solely to donate them.
Well, that is not good enough for me anymore.
Not too long ago my feeble mind began churning this subject over again. How do I get more people building? Then it came to me – build a tool chest, fill it with tools, and a portable bench – then give it away to an eager student, without the resources to obtain their own tools. The goal is to provide someone with a basic set of tools so they can start building anywhere – immediately.
But where does the community project come into play, you ask? Just wait, I am about to ask for your help.
I don’t think I could do this on my own in a reasonable amount of time, so I figured I could reach out to fellow woodworkers. I started by creating a list of tools, with help, and a guess at the cost if they were to be purchased. This was to give me a rough estimate of what a project like this would cost.
I assume many woodworkers out there are much like me – we have more tools than we need. I think we can cull our sets to help another get started. Giving someone a tool also seems much more personal. Once someone gave me a LN No.2 – gave it to me! – each time I use that tool it seems different than all of my other tools. I want others to have that feeling. So my request is this – if you have something on the list that you would like to donate please do. For those who do not have something on the list and would like to purchase something for the tool chest that would be wonderful as well. Lastly, for those who don’t fall into the two previous categories – I do need some shop made tools. I would really like help here to see this project through.
I do have a request – I need tools that are ready to go when the final recipient receives them. I need you to send over sharp and true tools. I could buy and refurbish vintage tools but then this project would drag on until 2025.
Another question – what am I doing? I will be building the tool chest. I will be building the small version of the Dutch tool chest as described by Mr. Christopher Schwarz.
I have also been in contact with Mr. Christopher Schwarz about the milkman’s bench and because I didn’t have a clue about how to get this project off the ground. He said he would happily donate an extra bench and a heap of Lost Art Press books and DVDs – Thanks Heaps, Chris!!! Milkman’s bench in action.
Now the hard part – how do I give this thing away? Many ideas have surfaced including a raffle, essay contest, nomination by others, etc….. I have settled on nomination by others, and a very deserving aspiring woodworker has been chosen. I can’t speak too much about this person because they may be able to piece it together and I want it to be a surprise. A friend has suggested someone – you will just have to trust me, and I him, as I have never met this person before.
So where do we go from here? I will keep posting about the progress in both tool chest construction and tools that are in the kit. The goal is to have the chest out the door by 01 July.
One more thing – I could use some help spreading the word. If possible could you re-blog this?
Please email me or post a comment if you would like to join in this project and donate something. email@example.com. If you would like to donate anonymously please let me know.
Thanks so much – I think we are going to make someone very happy in the near future.
Here is the list we are trying to compete.
photos courtesy of Lost Art Press.