(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 >==>=->