Tool Chest

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Project by Joel Shappell posted 08-16-2014 04:07 PM 3342 views 39 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this monster tool chest last year from plans in American Woodworker, #151 Dec/Jan 2011. Love it as I can now store all my tools away in an organized fashion. Stands nearly 6 feet high and is quite deep. Organization is key to being more productive in the shop and now I know where all my ‘go to’ tools are. I don’t move it very often, but luckily the drawers are removable to help.

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#1 posted 08-16-2014 04:13 PM

Very nice tool chest! Maybe you could consider adding some nice looking and sturdy wheels, but if you find the right spot, no need to. Let me know when you’re tired of this piece . . . I’ll come and pick it up! }:)~

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 08-16-2014 06:12 PM

That tool chest is a real beauty. You deserve to be proud of that project. Did you put metal drawer slides or are they wood and UHMW or other? Any other details, like type of wood, finish?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 08-16-2014 06:37 PM

Wow! You’ll need a map to find your way around ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 08-16-2014 07:25 PM

Nice !! A marathon of a project – well done!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 08-16-2014 08:00 PM

Should provide years of service and plenty of smiles.

Well done!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 08-16-2014 09:25 PM

Just Dynamite ! oak ? kinda wish I had that many tools -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#7 posted 08-16-2014 10:03 PM

Beautiful work! Puts my little chest (that I still need to finish) to shame! :o)

-- Jason R.

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#8 posted 08-16-2014 10:46 PM

I’d love to see it with the drawers open. Are they on full extension slides or on rails?

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#9 posted 08-17-2014 01:59 AM

Sweet!. Yes, I would like to see the open drawers as well…I’m thinking a side rail(?)

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#10 posted 08-17-2014 03:31 AM

Yes, All the drawers come fully out minus the 9 small ones at the top.

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#11 posted 08-17-2014 04:06 AM

Excellent job, it looks like furniture.

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#12 posted 08-17-2014 04:08 AM


That’s really a good looking tool cabinet. I’m certain it weighs a ton . . . even without the tools in it!

I finished a 33-drawer shop cabinet (for supplies, not tools) recently and changed my plan from oak to poplar drawer boxes and it still weighs a ton!

You should enjoy your tool organization for many years to come.


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#13 posted 08-17-2014 05:06 AM

Very very nice…..I want one just like it…..I can nnever find one exactly like I’m looking for so like you, I’ll build one to siut my needs…..Great job,beautiful wood, and looks like great craftsmanship…..You should really be proud…...

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#14 posted 08-17-2014 01:29 PM

Nice chest

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 08-17-2014 01:32 PM

I made a much smaller drawer cabinet for my shop, and it has been a great help with organization, so I can imagine how useful this beautiful cabinet will be for you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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