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Blog entry by TDog posted 04-19-2012 05:52 PM 1679 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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#1 posted 04-19-2012 06:03 PM

^I’m more of a till guy than a box guy but I certainly understand the appeal. I put one of those electronic anti-rust bars in my till, the kind made for safes and such. I’m not sure if you could adapt it to a toolbox but a Zerust capsule or two might make a big difference in your box. Just thinking out loud here:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 06:06 PM

No problem there,

all suggestions are welcome,
still got to put on the top trim and add some finish etc

Are those tills as in saw tills mounted on the wall
or another method? Just curious

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 06:09 PM

I’ve got a big plane till. Real big, actually; 4 feet wide. Two simple doors, loaded with handtools. I’ve got very limited shop space, so the space that a toolbox would occupy could be occupied by another freestanding powertool. I’m looking forward to seeing your toolbox. Kind of like a workbench, it’s a good excuse to highlight some features that are individual to your style.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 06:09 PM

I am Proclaimed hobby woodworker and definite enthusiast but not a professional.
I guess I would say…it’s a positive addiction…my wife may not agree with the “positive” part
She’s seen the Lie Neilsen website with me a few times…

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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#5 posted 04-19-2012 06:12 PM

^I’m exactly the same way. Like yourself probably, I don’t have a ton of time to spend out there but I try to enjoy my time when I do. Become a handplane enthusiast with some trepidation; it’s not an addiction to take lightly:) There is no recovery, only plane rehab:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 06:16 PM

I’m currently struggling with the tool storage solution…to till or to chest…I’d like to see pics of your chest when you get it done (I never thought I’d ask for a pic of someones chest…yikes).
I took my wife to a LN tool show and she kept telling me if I wanted something just buy it…I told her to look at their website on her phone – she did and told me we should go to the antique shop on the way home to find my tool needs!!!

-- Jason K

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 06:20 PM

Here’s what I did. These are the only pictures I could find on this computer.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 04-19-2012 06:23 PM

To till or to Tool Chest, ok so that was a terrible attempt at humor, but that is the question…
Chris Schwarz tool cabinet from a while back was great, but the tool chest he built for his book
is huge, he also has designed a smaller one for the road etc online.

I have a pic of the unfinished tool chest I built here on my projects page if you want to check it out.
I only have a few planes, stanley, fixer uppers. But they are getting the job done for now.

I think the biggest think that got me on the tool chest is the mobility for the most part.

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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#9 posted 04-19-2012 06:25 PM

Looks like its chock full of tools, great use of space from these pics, it looks nice, cool mallet also

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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#10 posted 04-19-2012 06:29 PM

I’m sorry I didn’t look at your projects before I opened my mouth!!! That, sir, is a fine toolchest. I would like to build something similar, but I would also like to build a cabinet like Al has, and a plane till, and a saw till…but until I decide which route to go, I assume I’ll sit on my fat rear and admire your work!

After you’ve worked out of the tool chest for a few months I’d be interested to know how you feel about it then…

-- Jason K

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#11 posted 04-19-2012 06:36 PM

^as would I. It wouldn’t take much for me to convince myself I had to have one:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 04-19-2012 06:56 PM

I want to add a truly nice tool cabinet like that one also. Just got to reorganize my garage to pack in the workbench and a tool cabinet without getting in the way of myself. And then of course buy and fill it with more tools of course, that will be the challenging part…”budgeting” books, tools, plans, wood, where to start, where to start…LOL

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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#13 posted 04-19-2012 06:59 PM

^I think you’ve already started by coming here. Decide on a type of tool that you’re interested in and start hitting people up for advice. We’ve got guys like Loren that know vintage powertools backward and forward, guys like Brit, Don, and Lysdexic that know saws, tons of handplane guys, etc. I always run a tool purchase by the folks here. I’ve never been steered wrong.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 07:52 PM

Great,

So My latest comparison… is chisels

Blue Spruce A2 steel
Barr Hand Forged 01
Lie Nielsen 02

Your thoughts?

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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