To reinvent the wheel, Or to feel like you’re following the crowd? (The Tool Chest Part 1)

Now that I’m sorta settled on my bench–kinda, anyway–it’s time to start thinking about my tool chest.

For me, this is a major priority because I’m dealing with a less than advantageous situation here. I’m using an old crate as a tool chest, and it’s little more than a hinged box. It doesn’t organize my tools and it really doesn’t protect them either.

I mean, the monstrosity is just a hinged crate. It was never meant to do any of that.

So a tool chest of some description is a priority. This leads to my conundrum: Do I try and reinvent the wheel, or feel like I’m following the crowd when it comes to designs?

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Thoughts on workbench design

Now that I’ve found my tools and identified the work needed to get them ready to roll again, I think it’s time to start thinking and planning my workbench. I’ve set that up as my first woodworking project, and I really do think it’s a necessary one.

After all, a proper workbench is reportedly a handtool user’s best tool.

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Upcoming Projects

Every woodworker has projects he or she wants to get to. I’m pretty sure it’s the natural order of things, truthfully.

I personally think most woodworkers get started in the craft because there’s something they want and they can’t find it or can’t afford it or something like that. In truth, I’m no exception. I just wanted various good quality pieces, things my family could pass on for generations to come. I came into despising what I call our “disposable culture.” I wanted to have better than that.

I still do.

But the truth is, building stuff like that takes time and skill, and skill is a product of time.

As such, my first projects need to be more about building skill than creating perfectly stunning home furnishings or decorations. That and they need to fill a basic need in my shop area, which will be outside, for the most part.

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