From the first time I traveled to a show to display my workbenches I’ve been meaning to build myself a tool chest for lugging my hand tools along with me. It’s the sort of project that requires quite a lot of thought to ensure everything will fit in nicely so this seems to have been my main excuse for not getting around to building it. Yesterday we were filming our video to demonstrate clinching and to emphasise the usefulness of this technique I decided to build a project that would put it centre stage. It didn’t take me long to decide to build a tool chest since this would be killing two birds with one stone.
I had no more than Sunday afternoon to design and build this chest and since it would be born from an exercise in clinching it would never be the grand chest which I’ve had in mind for so long. I couldn’t hide the fact that it would be built quickly and with nails so I chose to turn them in to a feature instead – the clinched part would be on show. This worked well for my tools as well because it kept the inside faces of the chest metal free.
The design followed from the construction technique and certainly isn’t an approach to a tool chest that I’d seen before; more weathered treasure trove than grandiose chest. Despite being entirely different to what I had planned I’m pleasantly surprised to have a fully functioning tool chest in no time at all. If you’re in need of a quick answer for storage then maybe you too could start practicing your clinching!
Helen’s busy editing away and we should have the clinching video ready to watch by the end of the week. I’m just wandering whether to try out a bit of distressing on the chest to see if I could add a couple of hundred years.