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Around the Shop #15: Tool Chest Redux. Now that's better!

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Blog entry by Don W posted 06-25-2013 01:55 AM 1611 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Tool Chest Redux Part II Part 15 of Around the Shop series Part 16: Rough tenon jig »

So in the last post we left with a almost finished tote.

That fits nicely in the front of the chest.

And sits nicely on top when in use.

The next thing I did was cut the saw till down so it will sit in the bottom, under the sliding shelves.

So now what’s left is to figure out what tools go in it. If you look into the tote, one of the small existing shelves fit perfect for a divider.

I also had a question on the bottom of the chest. I’m not sure what or how this came about, but it has a raised panel bottom, almost like the current bottom, was a top at one time.

And I found this inside.

but haven’t decided what to do with it. If it was complete, I’d reattach it.

The extension was made from poplar.
The cover and the top is red oak.
I believe the original is pine.
I was actually thinking of painting the outside, but I came to my senses. I know it doesn’t match, but it’s close enough for me.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com



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Brandon

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#1 posted 06-25-2013 02:00 AM

Oh that is sweet, Don! I love the way the tote fits in the tool box.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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AnthonyReed

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 02:04 AM

That came out great Don. I’ll be curious of your thoughts on it once you put it into use.

-- ~Tony

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 06-25-2013 02:17 AM

Don, I just might have to steal the tote design. I’m diggin it!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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JayT

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#4 posted 06-25-2013 02:26 AM

Looking good, Don. The removeable tote is very cool!

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 06-25-2013 02:27 AM

Bravo. Turned out great. More storage space and less likely to be piled on top of. What more could a guy need?

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lysdexic

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#6 posted 06-25-2013 02:35 AM

So what made you decide not to paint it?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Don W

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#7 posted 06-25-2013 02:42 AM

To be honest, my wife and I are always arguing about painting things. She want’s them painted, I want them natural. Even she thought this shouldn’t be painted. It would hide the joinery, old and new, and all the old patina.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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#8 posted 06-25-2013 02:47 AM

Fair enough. Just curious as to your thought process.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#9 posted 06-25-2013 02:48 AM

What a unique design, Its coming out great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Buckethead

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#10 posted 06-25-2013 02:58 AM

I love everything about this project!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 06-25-2013 03:44 AM

Nice process, nicer product. Good work, Don!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Brit

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#12 posted 06-25-2013 04:15 AM

I love your design here Don. A tote within a toolbox on a toolbox. That should prove very useful indeed.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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JoeinGa

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#13 posted 06-25-2013 12:27 PM

You could probably artificially age the top half so it wont look quite so “new”. Also, when it’s closed it reminds me of the old potato bins found in a lot of older farm houses
NEAT!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Dave

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#14 posted 06-26-2013 01:10 PM

Man it working out well. I like what you are doing Don. Bravo!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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