|Project by WirelessWoodworker||posted 12-18-2014 06:28 PM||21711 views||35 times favorited||27 comments|
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