I have got a new job at another company now, but on this vessel there is even less possibilities for working wood in the spare time.
Therefore I have decided that I need to make a small tool chest, that can accompany me on my adventures on the high seas.
I re-read my post concerning what I had learned about building the sea chest since it covered some of the tool aspects.
I am definitely going to need the following tools:
- A plane, probably a wooden smoother perhaps with an extra iron ground like a scrub plane.
- A sharpening stone, preferably a combination stone.
- 2-3 chisels.
- A mallet.
- Some glue.
- A block of cork for sanding.
- Sandpaper in various grades.
- Some brass screws.
- Some small brads / nails.
- Small hinges.
- A pencil.
If I find there will be room for it, I would like to bring the following:
- A marking gauge.
- A rabbet plane.
- A router plane.
Tools like a hack saw, various hammers, screw drivers and drills etc. are on board all ships with a workshop in the engine room (At least the type of ships I am working on).
My thought on the chest itself is to make it out of 6 mm (1/4") birch plywood. I imagine that I can keep the size limited to approximately 45 x 25 x 10 cm (18" x 10" x 4"). But I will have to check up on the actual size of spare wooden planes I have got at home, since the plane will be the largest component.
Weight is going to be a major concern.
An inspiration is the Nefab PlyPak 20010. It is the smallest suitcase model as seen on this link.
The weight of this case is 2.1 kg, and the size is 10" x 14" x 4". The prize seems to be around 100$, which is kind of in the high end.
According to my calculations, I should be able to make a box out of 6 mm (1/4")plywood that would end up weighing about 1.6 kg + the weight of hinges etc.
I guess the tools are going to add about 3-4 kg extra depending on how many I will be able to fit in the chest.