For shop builds, my preferred finish is oil, boiled linseed oil in this case. Following the advice of Tage Frid, I avoided finishing the inside of the carcass or the outside of the drawer sides, as they might stick together. Once the cabinet was dry, I mounted it to the wall and moved the chisels to their new home.
I have been resisting the temptation to buy more chisels, but, more than ever, this new cabinet makes it a losing battle. We woodworkers live with the woodworking version of Parkinson's Law: tools expand so as to fill the space available!
Text and photos by Charles Mak
Charles Mak, now in retirement, is an enthusiastic hobby woodworker, teacher, writer and tipster. He formerly worked part-time at his local Lee Valley Tools store.