Why I Built a Tool Chest – Guest Posting

In the interest of promoting and sharing the best in Professional materials, tools and practices… Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you; Graham Haydon of G S Haydon & Son Limited, a Craftsman at the pinnacle of his art – take it away Graham!…

Hi, I’m Graham Haydon a Joiner based in Devon. Martin was kind enough to write a guest blog for me and now it’s my turn to return the favour. I would like to share with you why I made a wooden tool chest.

Wooden Tool Chest

I am very lucky that I am able to earn a living making joinery. We are lucky to have interesting projects and work with lovely clients, it’s all good. However I don’t get much time these days to stand at a bench and make something and further to that make something by hand. Instead of accepting this I decided to make something that would start me on a journey, reconnecting me with the trade I learned as an apprentice. What better place to start than at the beginning of an apprenticeship and build myself a tool chest. The tool chest has been around in the form I chose to make for about 300 years and has recently been revived thanks to the work of Christopher Schwarz.

Tool Chest

Building the tool chest allowed me to use traditional joinery methods and all the joints are hand cut. I also got to use traditional finishes like Milk Paint and linseed oil to get the old school look. One great thing about the tool chest is that is provides storage for only the truly essential tools you need to be an old school joiner. It prevents you buying too many gizmos and tools you don’t really need. That does not mean however I will be getting rid of machines. Even on this journey of a more simple way of doing things, machines will still be there removing some of the burden but playing a supporting role rather than being the main event.

Joiner's Tool Chest

My next project will be a traditional British joiners bench. If you want to stay up to date visit my woodworking blog and subscribe for the updates

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