Dutch Tool Chest #5: The Larger Saws

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 04-15-2013 02:03 PM 8724 reads 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My goal on the Dutch tool chest was to incorporate a space for two larger saws in the design. Like Chris Schwarz’s Dutch tool chests, I was determined to locate the saws on the lid, yet what I didn’t like about his design was that it required ample space on both sides of the tool chest to pull the saws out. I usually don’t have much space on either side. Here’s his design (and notice that you can’t pull that bottom saw out without running it into that workbench on the left):


Here’s another approach that attaches a saw to the lid:


What I opted for was a design that is more similar to the one in the second picture, but with mine one can pull out the saws with no lateral space needed. But enough of that, let’s get to the photos. Here are the saws attached to the lid:

Here’s the lid with the apparatus in place but no saws:

Saw handle:

The open tool chest:

Obviously one of the big considerations for me was that the design had to support the saws without letting them bow when hanging upside-down, and so each of the saws are supported on each end and in the middle. Also I had to fit both saws in such a way that I could still close the lid, and it barely clears in some places by around 1/8”. My first attempt had a couple of issues with this and I had to rearrange things. You’ll also notice that the middle support is off-center. I did this in case I want to attach a hasp to the inside of the lid. As usual, comments and questions are welcome.

On the next blog post I’ll discuss a decorative component.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 02:34 PM

Perfect! This will serve you well.

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 03:30 PM

nice job!

-- Joel

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 03:39 PM

The saw solution in the lid is excellent, you should email pictures to Schwarz. Do the blade tips slide into a recess or just supported on a dado? Looks like they slide in but I can’t tell for sure from the photos.


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#4 posted 04-15-2013 03:40 PM

Great job. Nice tool chest!

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#5 posted 04-15-2013 03:58 PM

Thanks, guys. Rick, the blades slide in to the “pockets” just shy of about 2”. They are supported on three sides, so when the lid is either upside-down or right-side-up, they won’t go anywhere. To get the saws out, you have to unlock the handles, pull the handle out, then slide the blade out.

I’m not sure what Schwarz would think of this design. I like how his has a pouch behind the saws, but I just didn’t have the space for that.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 04:03 PM

And for what it’s worth, I don’t think this design is pretty at all. It’s purely functional, which in a way makes it aesthetically appealing, but I think the till that Schwarz uses is a bit prettier.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 05:08 PM

Looking pretty sweet to me. Useful, and pleasing to view.

This is def what I need for my shop! Keep it up, Brandon!

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 05:20 PM

Functional has a beauty all its own. Looks good Brandon, and you even have some extra room in the bottom compartment to add more tools in the future or for specific projects.

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 05:20 PM

Quite clever.

Schwarz is all about being pretty.

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 05:59 PM

Brandon, I’m sure he’d appreciate that it works better for you. Whether or not he would like it better than his own is irrelevant.


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#11 posted 04-15-2013 06:17 PM

Great solution there, Brandon.

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#12 posted 04-15-2013 06:18 PM

Brilliant solution Brandon! The chest is looking great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#13 posted 04-15-2013 06:25 PM

I’m loving this blog Brandon. I suppose Chris Schwarz’s version could be used to house other saws too if he decided to put a Disston panel saw in there and leave one of his LN saws at home, whereas your method is restricted to the two saws you currently have mounted, or at least the same make and model of saw. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just something that occurred to me as I was studying the photos.

I also found myself comparing the two designs from the point of view of how they would support the saws after they had been sharpened a number of times and the depth of plate reduced. With Chris’s design, he will have to add a wedge of wood to the top of the slots to ensure the saws aren’t pushed in further than he currently has them. He will have to make it a tight fit otherwise gravity will mean it will keep falling out. With your design you will have to add a wedge to the bottom of the toe holder mortise otherwise the whole weight of the saw will be on the handle fixing. I think your solution will work better over time. Nice job!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 04-15-2013 07:03 PM

Brit, when I saw Schwarz’ tool chest he had different saws in the brackets with about an inch or so extra space but storing them teeth up keeps them from sliding around.


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#15 posted 04-15-2013 07:41 PM

This looks awesome, glad you figured out a good way to remove the saws without the lateral space, that can be tricky. The shaping on the handle hold is a nice touch.

I did want to coment on the “traditional” drawing though, did you notice that the chisels peirce the top shelf? Kind of nifty as far as getting the edges out of the way, but it would make identifying widths pretty hard. I don’t know about you guys, but I rarely pick my chisel by number, I go by sight as I work.

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