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Dutch Tool Chest Build-a-long #6: A new take on a tool rack

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Blog entry by Brian Gulotta posted 08-02-2017 02:58 AM 3723 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been a while but I am finally back onto my tool chest build. I finished the back and came up with a new idea on the tool rack that I haven’t seen done yet on another dutch tool chest. I believe it maximizes the amount of tools it can hold and works great. I am using a 1” oak dowel that is going through both sides of the chest. I glued, wedged and flush cut to the outside of the chest. Next is to work on the saw till and dividers for my bench planes. Stay tuned.





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Andre

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#1 posted 08-02-2017 07:43 AM

Starting to look like a Chest! Hope to get back into my shop soon, just got back from a month on the road.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-02-2017 11:38 AM

Nice Andre. Where did you go? Both of my kids are getting ready to start back to school so I will be stumbling upon more shop time.

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#3 posted 08-02-2017 02:30 PM

Brian, the chest looks great and I like your rack idea. Don’t ignore the lid for saw storage. I did this

I take mine to woodworking classes so it is densely packed. :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 08-02-2017 02:45 PM

Thanks. I am definitely going to use the lid for storage as well ( when I get it made that is :) ). Your chest looks great as well. I am hoping to find some time today to get the saw till and plane dividers made and installed.

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Andre

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#5 posted 08-02-2017 04:35 PM



Nice Andre. Where did you go? Both of my kids are getting ready to start back to school so I will be stumbling upon more shop time.

- Brian Gulotta

We bought a trailer this year and broke it in hard! Went as far west as we could, place called Tofino in B.C., roads were brutal. Stopped along the way did some Salmon fishing, tried to find Shipwrights place again but had lost the directions and short of time.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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JADobson

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#6 posted 08-02-2017 07:36 PM

Nice – I’m working on a dutch chest right now. I’m a little behind you though, need to get the back on.

We bought a trailer this year and broke it in hard! Went as far west as we could, place called Tofino in B.C., roads were brutal. Stopped along the way did some Salmon fishing, tried to find Shipwrights place again but had lost the directions and short of time.

- Andre

Tofino is a beautiful place. I used to go camping in Uclulet (just down the road from Tofino) and surf Long Beach. Now I live on the land locked prairies of Saskatchewan.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#7 posted 08-03-2017 12:20 AM

I’ve never been to Canada. Where would be the best place to take your family for a first visit?

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Andre

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#8 posted 08-03-2017 04:23 PM



I ve never been to Canada. Where would be the best place to take your family for a first visit?

- Brian Gulotta

Depends on what you like and where you live and if you’re going to drive? I haven’t made it to the East coast yet, but have it on good authority that one of those places ya have to go to! the West coast and almost all of British Columbia is incredible? Jasper and Banff with the Mountains are in my backyard so I’m a little prejudice about them! If you are into fishing anywhere but Alberta! LOL! Well except for some of the best Trout stream in the Foothills! Oh ya if the Wife likes to shop then West Edmonton Mall for some reason is on a lot of people’s must go places? Kiddy like it for the Amusement park, Water park skating rink and think it is still one of the world’s largest malls? Of course if you are in the area let me know and I may even clean up the shop and invite you over for a tour!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 08-03-2017 04:27 PM

The Gaspe’ peninsula is incredible especially in the winter. Quebec City in winter is beautiful.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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JADobson

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#10 posted 08-04-2017 02:37 AM

Definitely depends on where you are. Canada is a big place.Vancouver Island is one of my favourite spots but I’ve never been to the East coast. Where I live has a reputation for being flat prairies but we have an enormous boreal forest. If you like hunting the world record whitetail was taken about an hour west from where I live. If you like fishing the world record rainbow trout (around 50 lbs) was taken about an hour south and the world record walleye about three hours north. We also have better healthcare ;)

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#11 posted 08-04-2017 04:18 AM

Thanks guys for all the tips!

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#12 posted 08-04-2017 01:25 PM

That 1” dowel approach… I’m guessing the tools are basically wedged in between the wall of the chest and the dowel. Not a great deal of contact between tool and dowel, so what keeps the tools upright? If every other chisel has been pulled out, for example, do the others lay over if one gets replaced and jammed in tight?

And will the tools stay upright when the chest is closed and moved, not staying completely upright?

Not throwing rocks, just things I wonder every time I run across this post.

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

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#13 posted 08-04-2017 01:37 PM

Hey Smitty. Sounds like I have some experiments to try out. I’ll let you know what I find out when I get the lid done ;). I haven’t noticed really any movement out of any of the tools so far with the exception of the 2 squares wanting to slide side to side slightly (although the rack is just a temporary spot for them anyway). If I do notice any falling over issues I guess I could always put a temporary piece of wood in between the dowel and chest to give an auger bit something to grab hold of and drill just a little section out of the back side of the dowel for the tools to “fall” into.

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#14 posted 08-04-2017 02:53 PM

I’m wondering if a little rasp work would be effective, too. As is, creating small ‘flats’ that would result in more defined (and additional) contact space between tools and dowel.

Sounds good, looking forward to additional installments! Living the dutch chest life vicariously through this series; I don’t have one, no desire to build one, but I like them just the same…

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

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