Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'tool chest'

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On Transitioning to a Traditional Tool Chest

7 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 31 comments »

Not going to pretend any of this is ground-breaking, just jotting a few notes to LJs that others may find interesting or useful as part of their own, unique journey. Building a tool chest is one of a number of ‘trend’ activities that have captured the attention of a significant number of people. Just like building a Roubo, constructing an auto-adjust leg vise and using a portable twin screw vise (or “Moxon”) specifically for joinery or a ‘bench on bench.’ There’s a particular interest in the ...

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Traditional Woodworking Tours #4: 1820s Tool Chest at the Frontier Culture Museum

71 days ago by WoodAndShop | 4 comments »

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at This above video is a continuation of my amazing recent visit, with my family, to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. Click here to see the previous video and photos. Steven Gallagher took time to give me a tour of his mid-19th Century tool chest. I love old tools, so this was like Christmas for me! We also had a really great time talking about handle making. I was surprised to see that he uses the same method...

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Traditional Woodworking Tours #3: Virginia's Frontier Culture Museum – 1740s Settlement

76 days ago by WoodAndShop | 6 comments »

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at My family and I recently visited one of my new favorite woodworking destinations: The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia (see the above video). We planned to stay 2 hours, but stayed 6. I loved my visit and the historical tools and furniture so much that I went back a week later to interview the head furniture makers. So I’ll be sharing several upcoming videos & photos from my two visits. Some of them will focus just on the...

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Tool Chest Refurb #18: Final Hardware Install

302 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 16 comments »

Here’s what I’ve had: The vertical saw till needed flush ring pulls, and those finally came in this week. Tonight was install time. First to practice on pine. Traced it with a knife, chisel’d (carefully) and drilled and got the fit right. Lots of chiseling ahead on a much narrower piece of walnut. Removed the saws and square from the till and set it up on the bench for work. Chisel’d out the square, marked for the deep, recessed cut ...

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Tool Chest Refurb #14: Looking More Like a Tool Chest

320 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 29 comments »

Had a chest with sliding tills ‘in bottom only…’ So I mounted faces via saw-kerf rabbets… and dovetailed sides to said faces. Glued faces… And now the sides get glued up, one drawer per day. This way I can clamp them up in place so they are ‘set’ where they’ll live. With this box, square is certainly optional… :-) That will get these (sans lid): Into a chest that once lo...

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Tool Chest Refurb #13: Almost a Year, but Progress Continues...

350 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 60 comments »

Yeah, if you’re like Andy and had popcorn at the ready for another installment of this series, my bad as it’s gone back to seed while you waited. The chest has been an interim resting place for tools that otherwise were a source of clutter, but the chest itself had precious little work done on it’s behalf for the better part of the the last year. This weekend, that changed. But this reprise from a couple installments ago. I’m here: And I want to get to get he...

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Around the Shop #13: Tool Chest Redux

414 days ago by Don W | 18 comments »

Some time ago I picked up this tool chest with the idea of using it in my shop. I put some caster on it and put some tools in it. It never seemed to fit, and I continually had issues with it. One of my biggest complaint was the flat top. It was just to handy to set things on it. I could guarantee the minute I needed something out of it, there would be a freshly finished project, half a dozen hand planes or 200 pounds of crap on top of it, so it just kind of sat not being utilized. A...

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Great Grandpa's tools #2: Tool Chests frozen in time

441 days ago by fumehappy | 7 comments »

I’d like to share these with everyone. I was able to snap some quick pictures today of my great grandfather’s tool chests. Both of these haven’t been touched much in the 50 years since he died, if it all. Judging by the layer of dust on the one with the two saws in the lid, i’d go with “not at all”. He sharpened handsaws in his older age. When he was younger, during the 20’s I believe, he worked at a shipyard in the Hudson Valley and as a house b...

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Tool Chest Refurb #12: Return from Obscurity

468 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 10 comments »

Precious little dialog, and only three pictures, but know that the Chest has not been forgotten. Worked an idea I had for the sliding tills. The #78 (love that plane) created a rabbet on pallet pine That was matched up with a dado’d (and reclaimed) walnut front To create the beginnings of sliding tills for this chest interior. More to come!

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Dutch Tool Chest #6: Adding a Double-u on the Lid

469 days ago by Brandon | 9 comments »

Warning: The letter W makes a lot of appearances in this post. If, for some reason you don’t like Ws, then just move along. I knew I wanted to add something decorative to the tool chest and my first thoughts were either a logo of some sort or a fancy word in ancient Greek or Latin (I’m a nerd like that). Since I don’t have a logo yet, I ruled that option out. I came up with a couple of Greek or Latin words that I thought might be neat, but decided that would be too much e...

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