I store them on shelves so I can
select the tools for a project or pick and choose those I want
for a demonstration distant from my shop and pack them in
containers for transport.
I selected local Ozark walnut for
this case and joined the corners with hand cut dovetails and a
captured panel for the bottom. A sliding lid forms the top. In
the past I have posted on this page the entire process of
joining a case so this post deals only with the last stages of
this case starting with installing banded inlay in the sides and
one end followed by finishing.
This is a larger than usual English chariot plane that is a
wonderful tool for trimming dovetails and pins to create crisp
This photo shows the progress of installing the inlays. The
inlay grooves were cut with the scratch stock you see to the
right of the square. I used the gunmetal miter template to cut
the 45's for the two corners at the end.
I next glued the banded inlay into the grooves and pressed it
into place with a robust, heavy roller. Glue is put in the
groove only and not on the inlay. If glue is put on the inlay,
it immediately swells from the moisture in the glue and is too
wide for the groove.
The banding should not be sanded because the resulting dust will
blur the sharpness of the inlay details and blend the colors. I
use a scraper I made to smooth the inlay.