David L. Whitehurst

David L. Whitehurst

David L. Whitehurst

60 posts, 8 followers and following 3
May 2014    Fuquay-Varina, NC    Website

Hand Tools #1: Flea Market Acquisitions

Today, I did good. I found a Millers-Falls Brace almost brand-new and a little hand-crank drill. I also found three tiny carving tools from E.C. Muller in Nevada. My final treasure finds were a 9" Starrett machinist’s scale and a Goodell Pratt...

Toolbox #5: Saw Hangers for Flip-Top

I needed something that would hold the saws in place in the flip-top and be easy to remove. I also am doing everything I can not to use screws or nails. I will use screws for the side handles and hinges but that’s it. The hangers...

Toolbox #4: Drawers

I made my drawers for my toolbox this weekend. I was going to use half-blind dovetails on the fronts but I decided more for practicality and strength. I made my drawers with finger joints all around just like my trays. I did use cherry...

Toolbox #3: Sliding Trays

I learned a valuable lesson tonight. I learned how to quickly make a sliding tray with finger joints and a floating poplar bottom to the wrong dimensions. (LOL). It was 14" long instead of 14-3/4" long. Anyhow, I hand-cut a 5/4 board long...

Toolbox #2: Good Design Considerations

Last night, I made great progress with the toolbox. I installed two cherry vertical members with a mortise/tenon in the bottom and dadoes on the sides for sliding trays. When I installed two vertical pieces to hold the drawer assemblies,...

Toolbox #1: Too Impatient

I forgot to put my cuts in the drawer foundation assemblies for vertical strength and drawer division. I’ll do that with a Zonas saw and a chisel. I need to strengthen all that up. A friend told me to leave the tenons in these assemblies...

Apprentice Shop #1: Sharing My Plans To Start an Apprentice Shop

Back in the winter of 2013, my dad told me to come get his shop tools. He’s retired once and then started back, and now he’s fully retired. Anyhow, I went to Virginia and brought home a table saw, a radial-arm, a band saw, a drill-press, and a...