Tool Chest #2

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Project by bandit571 posted 08-22-2014 09:55 PM 1681 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took apart an old bed frame

And a pine waterbed base

Recycle all the parts into a Frame & Panel Chest. Frames were Oak from the bed frames, raised panels are from the waterbed base. I think I needed one or two extra boards from a stash of barn siding. Raised the panels using just a handplane. Scrollsaw to make keepers to hold two full sized saws into the lid. Lid is about 33-5/8” long, by 17-3/8” wide. Added some trim pieces from the head board to make a dust seal around the lid. One piece is across the back, to keep the lid from tipping on over the back.

Have gotten a start on making some tool stowage in the bottom. Floor is just three pine boards.

Box itself is about 31-1/2” long (snug fit to the dust seal) by 16-1/8 wide. Overall, it stands at 23-3/8” tall.

Finish is a blend of Varnish/BLO/ and a washed out walnut stain.

Reuse, reclaim, recycle.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 08-22-2014 10:13 PM

I had forgotten that you used a bed frame. Great use of materials. Love the tool chest.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 08-22-2014 11:13 PM

Great work. We need to reuse instead of dumping in the landfill.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 08-22-2014 11:53 PM

Good job on the tool chest.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 12:52 AM

Chest #1 is done & full….
Chest #2 is done & nearly full….
When will you start on Chest #3???

Nice job with the chest….
That and not adding to the landfill!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 01:45 AM

You are the master of recycling. And I’m not just talking about this chest. I am in awe of your hand tool refurbs!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 07:59 AM

Turned out great …Mr Bandit!

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#7 posted 08-23-2014 03:59 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 08-23-2014 04:40 PM

Super recycling project! Thanks for sharing

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 08-23-2014 05:48 PM

Very nice Bandit. How did you do the tongue and groove again? Are you planning on paring down your tools to what fits in your chests or just keep building more tool chests/cabinets?

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#10 posted 08-23-2014 06:05 PM

Grooves were cut with a corded router. Tongues were made with a Wards #78 handplane. Raised panel’s bevel edges were made with a handplane. Mortises were chopped with a chisel. Tenons were sawn, then the waste was chiseled off.

We will see what goes into this chest, before deciding on a third. Been selling off a few “extras” here and there. After all, just how many jack planes does one really need? Maybe five is too many?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#11 posted 08-23-2014 06:45 PM

Another great tool chest, Bandit!

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 08-24-2014 01:34 AM

It’s great bandit. You’re an inspiration to those without fancy new tools, large shops and expensive wood. Keep doing it, once you can raise your arms again.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 08-24-2014 01:36 AM

Very nice, and lots of room for more tools!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#14 posted 08-24-2014 03:18 AM

great build on the tool chest ,like the saw storage on the top ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 08-24-2014 06:42 AM

Great job, now have cold one, rest up for about ten seconds and get started on the next project. Never mind, I’ll do the resting for you.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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