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:
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"