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From W.K.H., Chase City, Va. – Among the numerous plans presented in the columns of Carpentry and Building for tool chests, the fact seems to have been overlooked that the chests are often exposed to the weather, and the tops are not made to turn water. Permit me to present my idea of a good chest top, a sketch of which is shown in the accompanying engraving. In addition to forming a good roof, the top is so constructed as to make it a convenient place for a saw rack. The bottom edge of the top frame should be a trifle larger than the chest itself and rabbeted over the outer edges of the chest top.

Carpentry and Building, page 118, May 1891;
with thanks to Jeff Burks for his tireless unearthing of vintage woodworking advice

Too late, Mr. W.K.H., too late. I suppose I’ll just have to keep my “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” inside.

Tomorrow, I’ll fit the hinges. And now that I have my milk paint, I plan to apply the first coat (peacock blue) on Tuesday and subsequent coats (French gray) later in the week.


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