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Dutch Tool Chest w/ drawers

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Project by WirelessWoodworker posted 12-18-2014 06:28 PM 23024 views 35 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My tool chest made with the same basic design as the Dutch Tool Chest, but with drawers for storage on the bottom, rather than an open compartment. I made it sized to fit under a 54’ tall shelf, which is where it lives 98% of the time, so with the top closed it’s about 38” tall with the casters on the bottom.

The overall construction is roughly the same as the Dutch Tool Chest, just without the fall-front. It’s all made of dimensional pine (except the drawer sides, which are the little pine hobby boards sold at most home centers) of varying widths. The sides are dovetailed to the base and the middle shelf is dadoed in with some pegs added, more for looks than anything else. The top is breadboard-ed (can that be a verb?) with pegs and the back is all tongue and grooved, then pinned in place. There is a picture of the drawer detail, but they basically just slide in dados with a simple dovetail for the sides.

The top section is used mainly for my relatively small collection of woodworking tools. These are obviously the tools that get used the most, so it’s handy to have them readily available (at basically waist height for me). Like most people I’m sure, all horizontal surfaces get cluttered with stuff, so the angled top is great for eliminating that problem! I also don’t have a big collection of large woodworking tools, so most everything fits up there, except for some little bits that get stuck into some of the drawers below.

I know a lot of people don’t like drawers, but drawers and I get along just fine. These hold most of my random, non-woodworking specific, tools; pliers, wrenches, sockets, screwdrivers, hammers, etc. I don’t go into them nearly as often as the top, so no problems with access really.

It’s been in use now for a few months and has been great so far. I’ve added a couple of saw hangers on the sides and I’ll probably make some organization for the top section eventually. Anyway, enjoy!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com





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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 06:33 PM

Nice job.

Lee

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 06:33 PM

Tim, that’s some nice work right there. Especially like the bottom dovetails you opted for. Drawers make sense, too. Good post!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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WirelessWoodworker

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 07:02 PM



Tim, that s some nice work right there. Especially like the bottom dovetails you opted for. Drawers make sense, too. Good post!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop


Thanks! My first project posted here, wow, ya’ll are fast!

Can’t take too much credit for the bottom dovetails unfortunately. These were in the original plans for the chest, and actually probably don’t make much structural sense in my design. Originally I think the bottom was dovetailed so the extra weight of all the tools in the bottom compartment wouldn’t pull the bottom board out. Since the smaller drawers on the bottom share their weight with the sides, the dovetails are probably not really needed. They do look nice, though!!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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Julian

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 07:47 PM

Looks good. I think your design is more efficient to use with drawers.

-- Julian

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scarpenter002

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#5 posted 12-18-2014 09:40 PM

Nice job Tim. I am sure you will get many useful years out of that cabinet. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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spaultedsteel

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#6 posted 12-18-2014 11:46 PM

A good practical project. Way to go!

-- dave,missouri, http://www.spaultedsteel.com

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Northwest29

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#7 posted 12-18-2014 11:57 PM

Nicely done and very practical approach to storage. Welcome to Lumberjocks too!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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jeff

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 12:34 AM

I like the top.Nice job.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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oltexasboy1

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#9 posted 12-19-2014 12:51 AM

That thing is great. I am building one W/ the drawers. That is exactly what I need to keep my “stuff” close at hand and be able to also move it when I need to. Good job. Are the back and sides individual boards or did you do a glued up panel?

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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WirelessWoodworker

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#10 posted 12-19-2014 01:27 AM



That thing is great. I am building one W/ the drawers. That is exactly what I need to keep my “stuff” close at hand and be able to also move it when I need to. Good job. Are the back and sides individual boards or did you do a glued up panel?

- oltexasboy1


Thanks, glad you like it!

The sides are just common 1×12’s. I sized the depth of the unit to match the 11.5” width of the boards, just to save some ripping!

The back is made up of about 4 common dimensional 1x boards of varying widths, fit together tongue and groove style. You could probably do any number of things for the back, but this kept the weight down and gave me a chance to practice with the plow plane!

-- Tim, Delaware, http://www.thewirelesswoodworker.com

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SteveGaskins

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#11 posted 12-19-2014 12:39 PM

Great looking toolbox. I personally like the drawers, too. Nice build and thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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HillbillyShooter

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#12 posted 12-19-2014 03:00 PM

Very nicely done—I like your drawers!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 12-19-2014 03:03 PM

That really looks great!

I’m glad you included the explanation for the angled top, because I was leaning the other way…. thinking about how I can always use another vertical surface in my small shop when I’m working on a project. But I can definitely understand your reasoning.

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

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pastorglen

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#14 posted 12-19-2014 03:10 PM

That’s really nice work. Are the pegs real or are they covering screws? It doesn’t matter either way. It’s a really nice job!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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Brad

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#15 posted 12-19-2014 03:30 PM

Brim, that’s a great idea for shop storage. Well done.

Can you share some detail on your placement and installation of your castors?

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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