Dovetail Toolchest

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Project by Tomy Hovington posted 02-25-2015 08:10 PM 4465 views 32 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed an upgrade in my shop for my Lutherie tools and I didn’t want to get those pricy steel tool box to go in my woodworking environment. So I sat down at my drawing table and tried to come up with something to accommodate my need, at a reasonable price, and made of wood.

I made this tool chest with only 4 boards of 8’x6”x1” of black Walnut. I always love the Idea of not using screws and/or nails, therefore I made a Dovetail construction. The entire construction was completed in 4 months, (I do have a day job, and haven’t touch it in the month of December.) Also it was my first attempt at making a video footage in the shop. I think it turned out ok. I divised it in 8 parts and uploaded it to Youtube.

I also used reclamed Oak, red and white, for the drawers slides and and back. Natural satin finish to allow the black Walnut to speak for itself.

It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun!

-- Tomy Hovington

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 09:26 PM

Fantastic work Tomy and welcome to Lumber Jocks!

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 10:34 PM

Wow, this is what happens when a luthier builds a toolbox. Amazing, crisp work. Welcome!

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 11:02 PM

Really sharp! Did you follow plans or come up with the dimensions yourself?

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#4 posted 02-25-2015 11:05 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship—truly outstanding!

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#5 posted 02-25-2015 11:21 PM

Such a pleasure to admire great craftsmanship. Fantastic execution!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 02-26-2015 12:17 AM

Thank you all for your feed back and your kind words, I really appreciate!

Joel, I made the drawings myself as I was building the whole thing. I also made a 20 pages PDF file of the prints and If you would like to get them your can easily download them through this link.

-- Tomy Hovington

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#7 posted 02-26-2015 12:31 AM

Beautiful work Tony.
That has heirloom written all over it.
Welcome to Lumberjocks and thank you for sharing your talent.

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#8 posted 02-26-2015 01:12 AM

You definitely beat the heck out of a metal tool box. It makes working in the shop much more enjoyable when you have nice thing to work with and around.

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 01:30 AM

Real nice work there. Love the dovetails. I’m in the middle of building a similar box for my son. We’ve finished the drawers and are about to begin on the frame. All drawers will be on shelves instead of slides for my design. Can’t decide on joints though. Probably going with box joints because the drawers are box joints, and they are easier than dovetails.

-- tel

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#10 posted 02-26-2015 05:18 AM

Beautiful job! very inspiring. Look forward to building my own soon. Where did you get the hardware?

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 05:37 AM

Thanks Rizzo, I got the hardware through Gerstner, and the knobs are from Stewmac. they are guitar strap buttons.I have made a PDF file for this project 20 pages that you can download from this link..

-- Tomy Hovington

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 11:36 AM

That is a beautiful tool chest, I would not want to use it in case it git marked….a real show piece. Awesome build

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#13 posted 02-26-2015 12:28 PM

Beautiful Job! Favorited!

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#14 posted 02-26-2015 02:32 PM

Beautiful chest. I have thought of building a similar chest for the same purpose: my guitar tools need a bigger home than the alder 3 drawer chest I made a few years ago. I’ll have to get the PDF.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#15 posted 02-26-2015 02:36 PM

Great looking tool chest

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