Side View

Threaded rod with slot cut in top tor screw-gun bit; bottom is slightly rounded so as not to peen over threads.

Toolbox side

Mounting block brace

threaded rod Axle shaft Axle block

10-in. wheel

traditional joiner's chest, designing it to sit 24 in. above the floor and to offer a 14-in. by 37-in. work surface.

Though Baird built the main body and the internal lengthwise vertical partition of the box from solid oak (choosing the wood for its strength and beauty), he made the top of the box—the work surface—from pine. The reason: The softness of pine offers a much "tackier" work surface, and things tend to slip less than on dense hardwoods. Baird also added shop-made hold-downs to steady the stock during cutting and shaping and to secure additional power tools and other items for transporting.

This combination toolbox/workbench by Michael Hayes rolls on a dolly. Note relief carving of hammer on box side, let-in support braces on bench. Photo by Alec Waters.

To prevent the box from rolling about when used as a work table, Baird made the l()-in. rubber wheels retractable. In the drawing on p. 179 you can sec how-simple his system is: A threaded rod runs through each of the ash mounting blocks to bear against the axle. When he backs off the rods, the axle raises up and takes the weight of the box off the wheels. This makes the box rigid and level. These mounting blocks also serve as part of a built-in door buck. The notch in the table surface forms the upper portion of this door-holding system. To use the buck to support the door on edge when installing hinges or latches, Baird slides the end of the door between the axle blocks and the table notch and then taps in shims to hold the door rigid.

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