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

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 04-08-2013 02:21 PM 5042 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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#1 posted 04-08-2013 02:47 PM

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

-- Red-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 02:58 PM

Sweet!

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 03:34 PM

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

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 03:58 PM

Nice looking work there.

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 04:01 PM

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

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 04:15 PM

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 04-08-2013 04:50 PM

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 04-08-2013 05:09 PM

looking better and better each time!!

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 07:01 PM

Great project Brandon!

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 07:57 PM

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 04-09-2013 05:08 AM

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

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#12 posted 04-10-2013 04:06 AM

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 04-10-2013 04:35 AM

Very nice.

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#14 posted 04-10-2013 04:37 AM

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 04-10-2013 05:47 AM

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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