|Project by Jagebo||posted 02-18-2015 07:23 PM||15002 views||43 times favorited||30 comments|
My dad was a pegboard guy so I was a pegboard guy (until last winter). After multiple episodes of cold, cold days followed by warmer, moist days, every steel surface in my unheated garage shop was covered in dew and ultimately rust. I had always liked the compactness and portability of tool chests but I also really liked to see and reach all my tools rather quickly, When Chris Schwarz did the article on the Dutch Tool Chest, I knew this was my new tool storage/protection solution. I took his basic plan, scaled it to my needs and added some of the details/durability that Schwarz put into his Anarchist’s Tool Chest. Thanks to theoldfart, I have renamed this the DATCH Tool Chest!
Since there a several of these up here, I’ll just focus on my design tweaks:
1) Since dust/rust was my enemy, the lid has a dovetailed dust seal
2) The base has a dovetailed skirt for sturdiness and I think it just looks better that way
3) The fall front is seated in the lip that the skirt creates and has interior battens on the sides and an exterior batten on the top to ensure that there was no ‘straight shot’ to allow air/dust in
4) The fall front can be stored on a small hook on the back of the chest
5) While unintentional, the fall front fits perfectly over the main compartment and when the outer batten is on the bottom, it becomes drawing table for my plans
6) A slim drawer with divided compartments for the more delicate measuring & layout tools fits under the main compartment.
7) Pass through slots are along the back wall for my 38” straight edge, rules and level (the height was determined by that straight edge and the width was determined by the length of my #7 joiner and block plane put heel to toe)
8) Went nuts on tool racks since I like things organized. (I really like the slip case saw till for mu dozuki and flush cut saw.)
(notice the now empty pegboard in the background!)