Arnarchists Tool Chest (2 Day Version)

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Project by pstauffer82 posted 09-16-2014 04:32 PM 1377 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is based on the Chris Schwarz DVD “Build a Tool Chest in 2 Days.” It took me 4, which is not too bad all things considering. The materials are mostly plywood, except the frame for the top, which is oak, and the top an bottom skirts, which are poplar. I’m still adding things as I go, like a chisel rack, hooks for squares, backsaw tills, etc. The sliding trays are 1/8” plywood, which was a huge mistake, one I’ll have to fix at some point, they need to be 1/4”. They do work well, but I know they won’t last long. The paint scheme is based on the Nelson Chequer, which I thought was fitting since I was writing an essay comparing the military effectiveness of British and American frigates in the War of 1812. Hardware is from Home Depot, but I stripped the zinc coating with a citric acid solution. I haven’t added coasters yet, but probably will at some point.

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#1 posted 09-16-2014 04:46 PM

Nicely done Pat! Love the Schwarz.

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#2 posted 09-16-2014 09:40 PM

Nice job and I think your right about the thin trays. Mine are 3/8” pine with dovetails and oak bottoms and there is still some flexing.

Edit, take a walk over to the tool chest thread, you’ll find a lot of chest layout ideas.

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

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 03:51 AM

I dig it. I’d love to do a full blown tool chest with dovetails and all but I’ll never get around to it. A 2 day version is in my future as well. ‘Course I’ve been talking about it for like 2 years. Like the paint scheme too. So who won the American vs British frigate championship?


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#4 posted 09-18-2014 08:11 PM

The American frigates edged out the British, their ships were bigger and surprisingly, their captains were much better. Most of the successful British frigate commanders had found themselves promoted into command of larger ships or squadrons and they really sent their second team to fight the U.S. navy. I can email the paper, I haven’t gotten around to publishing it yet.

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 08:26 PM

The synopsis works for me, thanks for the offer though. I’m not much into naval stuff, just curious.


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#6 posted 09-22-2014 05:37 AM

I like the colors you used on the chest, its appealing. Nice design.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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