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Dutch Tool Chest #3: The Lid, Handles, and Casters

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 502 days ago 4311 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to make the lid a breadboard to keep it nice and flat. I started with two boards of eastern white pine boards which I glued together, then added a stub tenons on each side.

And here are the end pieces with the mortises already in place. I cut the mortises on my TS.

Glued together:

I planed the whole thing flat then squared it up. To square it up, I planed down the protruding breadboard end pieces, then ran the opposite side through the TS.

I drilled a 3/8” hole and inserted a couple of walnut dowels on each end. I’m not sure if this was necessary, but I do like the look of the pins.

Cleaned up the pins with the Stanley 60 1/2 low-angle block plane.

Here’s the unpainted lid attached to the top of the tool chest. The overhang is about an inch on the two sides, and I may plane down some of the width a little bit, but for now I’m leaving it the way it is.

You’ll also notice that I added some casters to the bottom of the tool chest to make it a bit easier to move around. The casters are actually from a tool cart that my dad built which he used for on-site work. I’m glad I found a good use for them, plus they add a little reminder of my dad in the project as well.

These spade-shaped handles I saw at Home Depot and thought they fit the style of what I was going for. I installed them at an angle because I was picking up this chest and moving it around so the handle placement was convenient, but now that the tool chest has casters, I don’t think I’ll be picking it up much. I may move the handles later.

Here’s the tool chest with the painted lid, casters, and handles. I’m pretty happy with it for being such a quick and dirty construction.

So for the next installment, I’ll be addressing the storage issues inside the tool chest. Thanks for looking.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"



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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 502 days ago

Nice job man. Coming together nicely. I love me some breadboards.

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#2 posted 502 days ago

Sweet!

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#3 posted 502 days ago

Looking good. That will be a handy addition for you!

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#4 posted 502 days ago

Nice looking work there.

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#5 posted 502 days ago

The lid is a tiny bit more complex than I initially thought, but i guess this would help readuce warping.

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#6 posted 502 days ago

Thanks guys. Ryan, with respect to the lid, I was basically just copying what Schwarz did. I thought his looked good and so I went with it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 502 days ago

Looking good, Brandon. After all the work doing the breadboard ends and walnut pegs for the lid, I was hoping that maybe you would find a way to show that off and not paint it. Oh well, it still looks very good. I like that you incorporated a bit of sentimental value with the casters.

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#8 posted 501 days ago

looking better and better each time!!

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#9 posted 501 days ago

Great project Brandon!

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#10 posted 501 days ago

Thank you, all. JayT, the bottom of the lid is unpainted, so you can still see the wood grain orientation and the pins when the lid is open.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#11 posted 501 days ago

Nicely done. Looking at it, I want to put a pad of paper on the lid for sketching things or holding plans.

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#12 posted 500 days ago

Did you get the sketches from Chris or just wing it? I know you changed the dimensions for your tools.

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#13 posted 500 days ago

Very nice.

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#14 posted 500 days ago

Rick, I just winged it. I never asked Chris for the dimensions, although he just posted the rough dimensions on his Lost Art Press blog: http://blog.lostartpress.com/2013/04/07/tool-chests-dutch-vs-english/

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#15 posted 500 days ago

Thanks, I missed his post. Chris mentioned he is writing an article on it that will be posted later this year and offered to email his sketches but I never took him up on it. Seems like something I could replicate from pictures.

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