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Blog series by Brandon updated 331 days ago 7 parts 30665 reads 129 comments total

Part 1: Design Considerations

387 days ago by Brandon | 21 comments »

The topic of tool chests has been quite polarizing on lumberjocks.com. The benefits, some would argue, are that they protect the tools, efficiently store them, cause one to think about what tools are absolutely necessary (i.e., getting back to the basics), and last of all, provide the woodworker with somewhere to sit. Others see tool chests as antiquated storage devices that were theft deterrents in their age and provided some mobility to those who worked on job sites, rather in their own sho...

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Part 2: Building the Carcass

384 days ago by Brandon | 23 comments »

So I’ve manage to build the carcass for the tool chest. Its footprint is about 33” wide by 15” deep. In terms of height, the front of the tool chest is about 23” tall and in the back it is about 31” tall. The size is a bit bigger, at least in terms of width, than the Schwarz design, but again I designed it based on the width of my ripsaw. Here are some photos of the progress so far. Here’s the basic box without the shelves and bottom install: The...

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Part 3: The Lid, Handles, and Casters

380 days ago by Brandon | 20 comments »

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&...

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Part 4: Tills and Thrills

377 days ago by Brandon | 26 comments »

This is where we left off last time—- a basic carcass completed but no tools inside it yet. On a side note, do you prefer to spell it carcass or carcase? I’ve seen it both ways. So now comes the fun part: figuring out how I’m going to fit all these tools into the upper section of tool chest. At this point, I’m not really concerned with my larger hand saws, my specialty planes, mallets etc., but most of the smaller hand tools. It seems like a lot of tools, but if...

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Part 5: The Larger Saws

373 days ago by Brandon | 17 comments »

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 o...

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Part 6: Adding a Double-u on the Lid

372 days ago by Brandon | 9 comments »

Warning: The letter W makes a lot of appearances in this post. If, for some reason you don’t like Ws, then just move along. I knew I wanted to add something decorative to the tool chest and my first thoughts were either a logo of some sort or a fancy word in ancient Greek or Latin (I’m a nerd like that). Since I don’t have a logo yet, I ruled that option out. I came up with a couple of Greek or Latin words that I thought might be neat, but decided that would be too much e...

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Part 7: Maximizing Space with Drawers

331 days ago by Brandon | 13 comments »

It’s been some time since my last blog post on this tool chest, but I’ve been making changes and using the tool chest for the past month, really putting it to the test. I debated with myself for some time about what to do with the lower section of the tool chest. I liked the idea of having an open space (what I originally intended) because it’s easy to grab tools as long as they are in my line of sight. However, it was not ideal because there was a lot of space wasted and...

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