|Packing For Vacation!|
Sometimes when we travel, I plan little stops around local woodworking attractions, small tool stores, or people I know. My wife doesn't mind because she does the same thing, her locations just center more around expensive shoes. This year, rather than stopping at attractions, I planned a wood-working-vacation. With about 40 minutes of prep work before we left, I was able to pack up enough projects and tools to keep me busy for a week at the beach. This allowed me to spend some free time woodworking in between making a reclining chair out of sand for my daughter and I and
|Setting Up A Workbench Is Hard Work, So We Made A Chair|
It Didn't Even Need To Be... 'Sanded'? AAHAHAHAHA!
That being said, I do see an enormous value in the Traveling Tool Chest touted by the Woodworking Anarchist. I haven't historically needed to bring enough fine woodworking tools to a job site that to warrant need for a chest. Most of my rough carpentry and construction tools are electron powered and can be dumped in the back of a pickup truck. Even for most finish/trim carpentry, a block plane, a coping saw and some sharp chisels are about the extent of non-powered tools on site (I LOVE MY MULTIMASTER!). However, for some reason I find myself placed in a growing number of incidences where having these tools on hand is a necessity, this vacation was no exception. As a result of this happy situation I have found need for a traveling tool chest. Just by coincidence I have recently also come into possession of my grandfathers old Air Force footlocker. The footlocker is an ugly gargoyle of a box (which is probably why I like it so much) and I have decided to re-purpose it as a traveling tool chest. For it to be functional, however, it needs some modifications because as it stands, it's just a box.
|Just Stuff Dumped In A Box...For Now...|
|Gray Air Force Footlocker With Soon-To-Be Traveling Workbench Top|
|Working With Lots Of Natural Light Is A Dream|
(Yes That Is A Tablesaw I'm Using As A Bench, It's Quieter This Way)
On a related note, I have found some additional benefits to making so much of my monster workbench accessories interchangeable by mounting them to lengths of board. I found that I can pack up and use my vises, Foley retoother and several other items that I have mounted on boards and clamp them just about anywhere and put them to good use. My parrot vise is no exception. I was able to clamp it to what will be the my mobile benchtop (currently just another scrap of Ikea butcher block countertop) on sawhorses and work on a Kenyon style saw handle that I roughed out before the vacation (more on that soon!!).
|No Rest For The Wicked|
|Kenyon Style Tote Taking Shape|
Also, if you are curious, a beard at the beach brings sand home...gross.