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Dutch Tool Chest #1: need a place to store my handtools

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Blog entry by Tugboater78 posted 03-10-2015 11:19 PM 1663 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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(photo stolen from below mentioned blog, for inspiration)

Since i seen C Shwarz blog about his Dutch Tool Chest i have been planning to make one. I like the Anarchist Tool Chest as well but the idea of having to bend over to get my tools out did not appeal to me. Wall hung tool racks I like but the constant humidity/temperature changes where I live plays hell on my tools.

I waited for the Pop Wood article to come out in Oct 2013. I looked it over and went to the Blue store and picked out some Pine 1×12s for the eventual build. Brought them home and stuck them in the rafters of my shed/shop for whenever I could get the time to put it together.

Fast forward through a lot of setbacks, work, back surgery/recovery, weather, finances, house repairs, etc.

During all this time I drew out some ideas and some modifications to the original large chest. I knew the chest would rarely be moved, and that i wanted to be able to fit my Disston D8 saws inside. Another idea i have/had was to have a drawer, of sorts, to pull out and be able to sharpen my chisels and plane blades while standing at the chest. We shall see how the ideas work out.

So the dimensions I came up with were 36” tall at highest point, 30” inside width and stayed with the original 14 1/4” inside depth. I plan on making a small separate stand on casters to sit underneath to bring chest up to a comfortable height to reach the tools and also have the sharpening drawer/tray in the right spot.

The plan is to make this will nothing but hand tools, as it is a handtool chest and a good skill builder in my opinion.

More to come later, chest is almost built but i am back-filling the build in a blog and will have to do it in small parts as im afraid my computer will crash at any moment.

special thanks to Chris Albee (Mosquito) for his videos on his build, as they gave me the kick in the rear to jump in and do it. Also watching someone do something I have never tried myself helps me learn a lot better than reading about it in a book.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->



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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 03-10-2015 11:21 PM

Looking forward to seeing the finished chest, Justin.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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siavosh

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 01:35 AM

Likewise. I’ve committed myself to having my simple Japanese toolbox as my one and only, but seeing these, I almost want to jump in and build one.

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 01:55 AM

Sweeeeeeet

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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ratchet

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#4 posted 03-11-2015 12:49 PM

Wow. It looks great!

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 01:39 PM



Wow. It looks great!

- ratchet

oh that’s not mine, that is an inspiration picture of from chris schwarz’s blog :)

i shall edit and clear that up eh?

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Dutchy

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 06:44 PM

I keep repeating it

Dutch means that it is from the Netherlands. But this model of tool chest is for so far I know from Germany. The dutch model is really different. When a German says “I,m a german” in his own language he says “Ich bin Deutsch”. And in the USA made other think that he was Dutch. It Is also called Pennsylvanian Dutch.

When you google “timmermanskist” you will find (pictures) the dutch model.
When you google “schreiner werkzeugkiste” you will find (pictures) the German model.

It’s up to you which most resembles.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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Tugboater78

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 08:24 PM



I keep repeating it

Dutch means that it is from the Netherlands. But this model of tool chest is for so far I know from Germany. The dutch model is really different. When a German says “I,m a german” in his own language he says “Ich bin Deutsch”. And in the USA made other think that he was Dutch. It Is also called Pennsylvanian Dutch.

When you google “timmermanskist” you will find (pictures) the dutch model.
When you google “schreiner werkzeugkiste” you will find (pictures) the German model.

It’s up to you which most resembles.

- Dutchy

aye, I have seen the comparisons and i agree with your accessment, just calling it by what the “experts” have coined it as

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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