■ really enjoy nosing JL around the shops of other woodworkers. Especially when they're filled with lots of old tools and hardware. I guess that's one of the reasons I enjoy visiting Adolph Peschke's shop. (That's him in his shop in the photo at right.) The other reason is it's a great way to come up with new ideas or to revisit old ones.

Thafs exactly what happened the other day as I was poking around in Adolph's shop. I came across an old tool chest It was constructed of solid wood panels and had been built by a carpenter to carry his tools. Nothing fancy really, just a sturdy chest designed to be used on a daily basis.

That tool chest got me thinking about building one of my own.

T001 CHEST. The tool chest shown on page 20 incorporates several traditional features: Frame and panel construction, a lift-out sliding tray, and plenty of storage space for tools.

But we also added some things that make it unique. First, there's a drawer built into the base of the chest This provides a handy place to store chisels or other tools that could be easily damaged.

Second, we installed a special type of full-mortise lock that has a pin in it to help keep the lid aligned. If you'd like to learn more about installing a full-mortise lock, the step-

by-step article begins on page 28.

Finally, we "dressed up" the chest by adding heavy-duty brass handles and some flush ring drawer pulls.

By the way, if the name Peschke sounds familiar, its because Aldoph's son (Don) started Woodsmith nineteen years ago. And the old tool chest I was telling you about — it belonged to Don's grandfather.

But that's enough about the tool chest. There's also another interesting project in this issue.

CORNER COMPUTER DESK. When we designed the computer desk (on page 6) we wanted one that would meet the needs of a computer user — not a traditional writing desk. So we designed it to fit in a corner. This way you can have a deep top for a monitor without taking up too much floor space. And there's a pull-out tray for the keyboard.

Finally, we used a modular design that allows you to expand the desk to suit your needs.

Full Mortise Lock page 28

Comer Computer Desk page 6

Tool Chest page 20

a look inside contents


Corner Computer Desk 6

Whether you're applying plastic laminate, attaching hardwood edging, or installing knock-down hardware, building this elegant desk allows you to try a variety of woodworking techniques.

Desk Extension Wing 14

Need more desk space1 Build one (or two) matching extension wings to go along with the corner computer desk. The modular design allows you to add a wing at any time.

Tool Chest 20

This traditional chest is designed to hold your favorite hand tools and last a long time. It features frame and panel joinery, a large storage drawer in the base, and solid brass hardware.

Full Mortise Lock 28

There's no mystery to installing a full-mortise lock. All it takes is a little patience, careful layout, and our step-by-step instructions.

Knife Rack 30

Designed to be built in a weekend, this knife rack is a practical way to store your knives. And it can be used in two different ways: hung on a wall or placed flat in a drawer.


Tips & Techniques 4

Shop Notes 18

Talking Shop 33

Reader's Jig 34

Sources 35

Knife Rack page 30

Comer Computer Desk page 6

Tool Chest page 20

Full Mortise Lock page 28

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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