"Datch" Tool Chest

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Project by Jagebo posted 02-18-2015 07:23 PM 15002 views 43 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!)

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#1 posted 02-18-2015 07:29 PM

That is really nice! I like the design and functionality and versatility it provides in the shop. Great job!

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

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 07:39 PM

Outstanding job and your improvements are well thought out. The folks on the ToolChest thread would probably like to see a few pics as well

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

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#3 posted 02-18-2015 07:58 PM

You totally went the ‘extra mile ’ making this outstanding chest – no more pegboard for you beloved tools,,, Yay.

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#4 posted 02-18-2015 08:39 PM

This is one of the best chests I’ve seen. Well thought out details and great execution.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#5 posted 02-18-2015 10:19 PM

Wow! Congratuations for the new storage! Like a lot!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 10:22 PM

I won’t say it’s the best chest I’ve ever seen but it’s a great place to keep your tools. ;-)

You went the extra mile and it will serve you well for quite some time!

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#7 posted 02-19-2015 12:27 AM

Beautifully done….

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#8 posted 02-19-2015 01:11 AM

Me like!!!!

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#9 posted 02-19-2015 02:13 AM

That is truly a beautiful piece.

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#10 posted 02-19-2015 04:23 AM

Really REALLY like your take on that toolbox. After building the drawers for my bench, I’m thinking this will be my next project. Thanks again. Way cool execution. Hey, if you did any build photos maybe you could run a blog about it? Again, great job!

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 02-19-2015 04:58 AM

Great job. I bet yours will be the most copied Dutch Chest. Its pretty sweet how the bottom panel fits the top.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 02-19-2015 05:04 AM

Wonderful work. I’ve always thought my traditional Japanese toolbox would by me first and last toolbox I’ll ever need, but seeing work like this makes me dream of having a Dutch toolbox like this one too :)

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#13 posted 02-19-2015 05:09 AM

Fantastic! Great work

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#14 posted 02-19-2015 05:58 AM

Great job.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#15 posted 02-19-2015 06:09 AM

Fantastic design and execution, well done!

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