Old and new Projects in a New Workshop #6: Tool Chest completed

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Blog entry by garyjs posted 10-20-2011 01:54 PM 5301 reads 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Remember, this is a scrap wood project. It’s just a tool chest tool hang on a wall and hold my more important hand tools and measuring tools. It was never meant to be anything fancy, or the tool chest to end all tool chests. It’s scrap wood, for crying out loud; 5/8” exterior ply, some old 1/4” ply and a bit of pine for the doors.

But for all my protesting, it did come out pretty damn nice, if you don’t look too close. I got the felt laid down yesterday and managed not to muck it up too badly, and was even able to trim off the worst of the dangly bits without digging into the poly finish more than a few times.

I’m still figuring out how to stick a bit of felt along the inside faces of the two doors to act as a dust barrier. Felt is a pain in the butt to cut straight, if you’ve never worked with it before.

I’ll start shifting my tools out of the old steel cases on my workbench later this morning, right after a second cup of coffee.

The chest is not screwed direct to the brick wall, but has a 2×4 hanger fixed to the back with the inside face cut away at a 45 degree angle, and a matching angle cut onto the 2×4 secured into the mortar between the brick. About 12” below that there is a second 2×4 for the lower back of the tool chest to rest upon.

The two shelves sticking out are sliders running on 1×2s secured to the inside walls. I used a bit of carnuba was to slick things up so they slide easy. Slick as a baby’s butt, in fact.

One door is fitted out with a middle shelf and I added a bit of thin scrap to keep the smaller bits of stuff from falling out. The other door will be fitted with hangers for squares, compasses and bevel/marking guages, and so on.

The top storage area will hold hammers, wrenches and other large stuff.

I’m not all that happy having it hanging on a wall, mostly because my workbench is across the floor, instead of against the wall beside the tool chest. So I think my next project is to build a base cabinet for the tool chest, and put it on wheels…

-- garyjs

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 02:20 PM

Very nice chest, you should get many years of enjoyment out of that. Incidentally, the hanger system you used is called a french cleat. It works great, I have a few shelves and shop storage cabs hung using that method.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 03:57 PM

Very nice tool chest, it does not look bad at all. We are our own worst critics – I would be happy to have that chest hanging in my shop.

I hear you on the cutting up felt, my friend. If you find that you are doing it a lot, I suggest getting a rotary cutter. You can find them at craft stores, or even in the craft section at the big box stores. Using one of these with a straight edge on a piece of scrap ply will give you perfect results. My wife, who likes to sew, introduced me to these things and I’ve never looked back.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brian

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 05:59 PM

Thanks for that tip, Brian. I will look into that tool. Never hav enough tools – or clamps, for that matter.

-- garyjs

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 02:34 AM

Really fine, I love that top opening. really creative.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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