An heirloom tool chest…wow that’s a lot or room for tools…
I was so surprised and relieved upon finishing my medium to small sized tool chest (posted with my projects) to find that it held all of my hand tools that were once taking up so much space in the tool cabinet I made which took up to much bench space and got in the way often of working on projects. The old cabinet had tools hanging on dowels and pegs and there was dust covering all my nice hand tools upon the end of a work day in the shop, even the ones I was not using.
So these are the perks I found from moving from a cabinet to a tool chest:
1. Tool Cleanliness- (less dust and moisture)
2. Mobility-of a tool chest to be easily moved to another area
3. More space to work-on the workbench with more clearance for striking and clamping
4. Safety-my 5 year old will be less tempted to “use Daddy’s tools” (out of sight out of mind)
5. Tool Protection-less chance of banging edged tools on one another
6. Organizational appeal-now that there are less tools visible distracting the eye
7. Progress: Looking at the first dovetails I ever cut and the new ones in the chest, I am making some headway
Whether you want a large tool chest or a smaller one,
I found it worth the time to build one mostly by hand; based on a
combination of Schwarz’ book and a plan from Fine Woodworking.
The things shared there all came to fruition once I put my tools in.
The historic tool chests and methods are similar for a reason I think…they worked.
Note: I am glad I dovetailed the trim instead of using a miter joint,
Now, to paint or stain…
-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23