I’ve met a great many fine and interesting people through woodworking, and Don Weber, who lives in the charming town of Paint Lick, Ky., is among the best of them. The first time I actually saw Don, he had a steam-bending contraption set up on the loading dock at our former shop, where he was teaching the Popular Woodworking staff how make a Welsh stick chair. I had not yet joined the staff, so all I could do was wonder what the heck was going on. I’m awfully sorry I missed out on that ersatz class and build.
I first met Don in person at his shop and smithy (he’s also a blacksmith), where he had a replica of the Mastermyr tool chest that he built and for which he forged the hardware. I loved it – it’s such a simple but pleasing form, and the hand-forged iron just adds to the appeal.
So I’m delighted that (7 years or so after I first saw his replica chest), we got Don to film a soup-to-nuts video on the build and on making the hardware (plus there’s a bonus video on making your own backyard forge if you get the DVD or download from us). Note that “Build a Viking Tool Chest” is not yet available (despite what it says on the title card at the end of the preview below); I’m just stoking the fire, so to speak. I’m told the video download will be available in the store at the end of next week, and the DVD should be available in mid-February. Pretty sure I’ll be letting you know (listen for the “Squee!” when it lands on my desk).