I’ve got most of my hand tools – chisels, small saws, measuring tools, hammers and all that sort of clutter in a few metal tool chest that take up precious room on and around my work areas, and I am fed up with that. I am also somewhat deficient in fine hardwoods. Deficient to the point that I don’t even have any off-cuts of hardwood to toss into making a nice tool chest. In fact, I could be brutally honest and say that to date no hardwood lumber has seen fit to enter my workshop.
I take that personally. But it’s my own fault, since I haven’t bought any, yet. But I did have some off-cuts from a few sheets of 5/8” underlayment and a few odd bits of pine lumber I used to build my workbenches. With that and a few compromises on standards and building practices, I was able to nock together a wall mounted tool chest just large enough to hold the majority of my current crop of hand tools witha bit of space left over to acquire a few more.
The chest measures 25” across the face, 11” front to back and just under 30” in height. The two doors measure 12 1/2” wide, 17” tall and are 3” deep, which gives me room for a few shelves on one and room to hang small tools – squares, calipers and rulers, etc, in the other.
these photos were shot before the hinges were mounted and the green felt applied to the shelves, the backs of the 2 doors and the drop-down lid along the top. But they will give you an idea of what is possible with a bit of scrap and a quart of polyurethane.
The doors are 3/4” pine, panel and frame construction, using a 1/4” router bit to cut grooves in the edges of the frame members to accept a tongue on the outer edges of the panel members.
This image shows two frame members glued (epoxy – so sue me. It works very well in such joints) and screwed together in a lap joint, with one of the stiles glued (Aliphatic resin – yellow glue – for these long joints):
This next image is of one of the two doors after glue-up. the middle panel is 5/16” ply; again, nothing special, just pine plywood. The doors were sanded to 220 before getting the first sealer coat of poly. I would far prefer to use natural urea varnish (yacht varnish), but who can afford it for nothing-fancy tool chest?
The next two photos are of the finished piece after four coats of poly. The hinges have yet to be mounted and the three fixed shelves and two sliding trays are not yet covered in green felt. I hope to get to that stuff in another week or so.
Once all that fiddly work is done the box will be mounted on that red brick wall just to the right of my workbench. It has to be mounted low enough that I won’t need a step ladder to get into the top bin where the hammers and other such will be kept, and still be high enough to be out of the way when I’m working on money-making stuff.