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Project by stillgotallmydigits posted 09-15-2014 07:06 PM 1888 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I now see why Gerstner tool boxes are so expensive! I thought I would make a similar box for some of my garage tools and wow what a project! I chose to use solid oak/poplar construction; no plywood which meant making all my own panels. I spent quite a bit of time fitting panels as this thing went together like a jig-saw puzzle. If I got anything out of order during construction it could have ruined the whole project! For example there is no way to install the drawer slides after assembly. Because I was using inset drawers everything had to be perfectly square! Overlay drawers would have been much easier but then you wouldn’t get the same look. As I neared completion of this project I realized I had made the top too narrow!! After a great deal of panic I decided to cut a strip of mahogany I had lying around and add it to the center of my top. As it turned out, I love the top as it reminds me of an old wooden surfboard I used to have, and I think it incorporated well with the general style of the box. Sometimes those mistakes can be blessings!! I did a satin wipe-on finish on all but the top. This was one of my most challenging projects but I am happy with the results.

-- Steve, So.Cal.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 07:17 PM

excellent tool cart, well worth the effort and will serve you well and with much pride for many years to come!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 07:30 PM

Very nicely done.
It takes a project like this to make you appreciate the value and time investment in a quality item, regardless of its purpose and the reasonable markup/profit of a retail price.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 08:49 PM

That is a beautiful cabinet. I thought it was a piece of furniture until I saw the compressor.
The drawers turned out nicely.

Thanks for sharing your ideas and your work.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 09:50 PM

Very well done, congrats!

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 11:48 PM

Take the casters off and it’s one REAL nice side stand

Ok, even with the casters it’s still a darn nice cabinet

Great job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 09-16-2014 12:36 AM

Stellar job on the tool cart…..Beautiful…...Great construction, and very clean…..I like projects like this…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 09-16-2014 02:36 AM

Great looking project… Can you make one for me?

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 09-16-2014 04:44 AM

Thanks for the props everyone! Haha Matt, thanks for the compliment but it appears you wouldn’t have any trouble making one for yourself!! Nice projects man…:)

-- Steve, So.Cal.

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#9 posted 09-16-2014 09:47 AM

Great work, A real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 02:32 PM

This will be a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 09-16-2014 06:16 PM

Great build lots of pieces feels good when you finish it up I’m sure.

Nice cabinet I likey

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#12 posted 09-16-2014 07:21 PM

Very Nice Job And I don’t see any Mistakes on it just a very nice Design element , Plus it is only a Mistake if you can’t fix it.

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#13 posted 09-16-2014 08:02 PM

I was lucky this time Richard. I was really sweatin’ that one as I really didn’t want to make another top!

-- Steve, So.Cal.

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#14 posted 09-17-2014 03:12 AM

A really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#15 posted 09-17-2014 05:06 PM

From the overall look of this I don’t think Luck was involved to much. you did a great job on it.

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