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Project by Chris Davis posted 2116 days ago 4769 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built three identical tool boxes to replace the cheap store bought versions that I had for a couple of years. I had some cheap Craftsmen toolboxes that cost around $100 each. At that price, I should have known they wouldn’t last. After most of the drawers wouldn’t open any more, I decided just to build me some. I designed them the height of my table saw and rounded all four of the top edges so they could be used as a out-feed or support table. I made different size drawers but tried to keep them as small as possible. If they are too big I have a tendency to overload them. The top drawers I cut a groove and divided the drawer into four sections for small items.

The materials used was MDF on the top and drawers. I used a maple plywood on the sides to keep the weight down. I used MDF because of it’s cost, but I kind of like the look after it is lacquered.

I stole the wheels off the old boxes and just for fun took the Craftsman name off a couple and put them on the drawer.

Speaking of tool boxes, here is a toolbox nightstand that I built in 2003. At the top right corner in the black box I put CraftsKids. I was a piece that went with my car bed.
Nightstand Car bed

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snowdog

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#1 posted 2116 days ago

They look great. Shop furniture is my favorite.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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John Gray

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#2 posted 2116 days ago

Nice job!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Bill

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#3 posted 2116 days ago

Nice work Chris. Those should last you a long time.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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woodworm

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#4 posted 2116 days ago

Nice tools box. The tools are well organised.
Do you remember what tools in which drawer?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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bbqking

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#5 posted 2116 days ago

Great looking chest! I’ve always wanted to say that in a post. Please don’t tell me that your pliers are always neatly arranged like that. ; )

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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Topapilot

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#6 posted 2116 days ago

HOLD ON A MINUTE!! First picture, right side: you can’t just sneak in the worlds largest router jig with out tellin’ the story! Now fess up – is that really an ten foot router trammel? What the heck did you make with that?

Wait – I just looked at all your projects, first guess: conference table; second guess: entertainment center.
Nice projects!
Robb

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oldskoolmodder

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#7 posted 2116 days ago

I like it! One of these days I’ll make a nice toolbox for myself.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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SteveKorz

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#8 posted 2114 days ago

Very cool! That’s a great idea

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Chris Davis

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#9 posted 2114 days ago

Topapilot, I used that for very large arches on things like my castle slide or cinderella’s coach.
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MickeyD

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#10 posted 2113 days ago

Chris, I like the tools chests. Making them the same as the table saw is a great idea. I married a man that can’t have enough tools and this would be a great way to store them and use the chest in our small work area.

-- -Willing to try

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