It’s not a pretty thing, but the design has a long gestation. Chris Schwarz has been promoting his conversion to hand tools for years now – and he finally documents the slow spiral in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest”. He’s got a book, I guess I have a blog. Either way, I decided on a 24″ by 18″ by 18″ dovetailed box. The moldings and bottoms were nailed and glued on, while the top has a split piano hinge as it’s method of movement. Most of the dovetails are splined for strength (because I can’t cut a tight dovetail) and I used a L-N low angle block plan to get the pins and tails even. I only used power tools for milling the wood.
Let’s take a trip inside. First, a tool tray with a small selection of hammers, nail sets, wrenches, etc.
A chisel/gouge/trisquare rack,
a saw till,
and some places for hand plane storage.
Over the next few weeks, I will be attaching handles, finding some storage solution for safety glasses, paint & varnish and a chain to keep that lid from banging around. I’ll keep you posted.
Make it safe & keep the rubber side down.
-- make it safe & keep the rubber side down.