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

09-12-2013 03:30 AM 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...

08-13-2013 02:59 AM 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

06-11-2013 01:08 AM 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

05-14-2013 08:22 PM 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

04-17-2013 04:13 AM 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

04-16-2013 04:51 PM 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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Dutch Tool Chest #5: The Larger Saws

04-15-2013 02:03 PM by Brandon | 17 comments »

My goal on the Dutch tool chest was to incorporate a space for two larger saws in the design. Like Chris Schwarz’s Dutch tool chests, I was determined to locate the saws on the lid, yet what I didn’t like about his design was that it required ample space on both sides of the tool chest to pull the saws out. I usually don’t have much space on either side. Here’s his design (and notice that you can’t pull that bottom saw out without running it into that workbench o...

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Dutch Tool Chest #4: Tills and Thrills

04-11-2013 03:05 PM by Brandon | 26 comments »

This is where we left off last time—- a basic carcass completed but no tools inside it yet. On a side note, do you prefer to spell it carcass or carcase? I’ve seen it both ways. So now comes the fun part: figuring out how I’m going to fit all these tools into the upper section of tool chest. At this point, I’m not really concerned with my larger hand saws, my specialty planes, mallets etc., but most of the smaller hand tools. It seems like a lot of tools, but if...

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Dutch Tool Chest #3: The Lid, Handles, and Casters

04-08-2013 02:21 PM by Brandon | 20 comments »

I wanted to make the lid a breadboard to keep it nice and flat. I started with two boards of eastern white pine boards which I glued together, then added a stub tenons on each side. And here are the end pieces with the mortises already in place. I cut the mortises on my TS. Glued together: I planed the whole thing flat then squared it up. To square it up, I planed down the protruding breadboard end pieces, then ran the opposite side through the TS. I drilled a 3/8&...

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Dutch Tool Chest #1: Design Considerations

04-01-2013 04:53 PM by Brandon | 21 comments »

The topic of tool chests has been quite polarizing on lumberjocks.com. The benefits, some would argue, are that they protect the tools, efficiently store them, cause one to think about what tools are absolutely necessary (i.e., getting back to the basics), and last of all, provide the woodworker with somewhere to sit. Others see tool chests as antiquated storage devices that were theft deterrents in their age and provided some mobility to those who worked on job sites, rather in their own sho...

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