Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Cool Cases

I have obviously been thinking a lot about tools lately. When I was teaching at Marc Adams School a few weeks ago, the students brought perhaps the best array of drawknives that I'd ever seen. But all to often, I saw these lovely knives knocking around in a bag or milk crate.
Of course, with Chris Schwarz teaching in the next room, I started thinking about solutions. Chris already posted about my students tool chest, based on his book. I won't go into detail (I'll leave that to the obsessed...er...I mean experts), but between watching his class unfold and having a wicked case of tool chest envy, I started seeing tool case options in my dreams.

Here is Rich's tool chest. Not practical for my airplane travels, but I could spend all day sliding those tills around.

For the first time in years, I felt inspired to work with flat wood, of course, by the time that I can get around to it, the feeling will have passed, but it was exciting to have it.

On the more realistic note, this little drawknife case might just actually get reproduced.

I though this was a cool way to honor a favorite drawknife, while protecting the edge.

 The lid slides in a tapered sliding dovetail. 

I have a few drawknives, alright, more than a few, but last weekend I displayed my wares at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, where I'll be teaching next year, and I bought one of the sweetest Barton drawknives that I've come across. While I'm still basking in the glow of this acquisition, I might just make one of these.
Have you got an interesting drawknife storage solution? I'd love to see it.


Bern said...

Those tool chests! Look for your favourite obscurity and throw your back out all in one smooth motion. Nice!

Bern said...

I'd like to clarify my above comment by saying it was proffered having thrown my back out just that day (moving an oak table, not looking in a tool chest) and I was self medicating at the time (5 beers or so).
On reflection my comment sounds more caustic then Light hearted (which was my intention) so to the folk I know who have made and use these beautifully crafted and lovely to look at chests (and those I don't know) please forgive my faux pas!
What do I know anyway?!?

Peter Galbert said...

Sorry to hear about your back. No offense taken, that drawknife case is a heavy bugger! Skype ?!

Bern said...

Let's do it!
This Saturday?
I'll e-mail then call.

Bern said...

I love that drawknife case by the way.

john j. said...

Milk crate? I resemble that remark!

Unknown said...

yeah i love the drawknife case too..,i could i have my own drawknife case.

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