Craftsman Tool Chest

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Project by Steve Griffin posted 01-18-2009 03:13 AM 3294 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on this tool chest for a long time! I really dove into this project with very little wood working skills. I started it over three years ago. Every time I learned a new skill I would put that skill to work on this tool chest. It’s made of solid Sapelli that my Uncle gave to me. It was left over wood from his fireplace surround project(which turned out beautifully) The bottoms of the drawers are cedar. I got the cedar by slabbing a cedar tree(courtesy of working at, drying and milling the wood to fit in the bottom of the drawer. The “floor” of the chest is made from Hand Scraped Golden Teak flooring that my friend had left over from redoing his floors. The door is held shut by rare earth magnets in the top of the door and the bottom of the rail above it. I had a lot of fun making this project and learned from a lot of mistakes. Those lessons are priceless. I hope to pass this box down to one of my own when I grow old.

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#1 posted 01-18-2009 03:40 AM

Great looking chest, and to start with little woodworking behind you – and then mill your own lumber for it… A true sign of a lumberjock indeed!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 01-18-2009 04:17 AM

All true craftsmen of older times, made their own tool boxes, to show their skills when they went looking for work. You’ve done a very nice job here, great to see you use wood that has found new life. Way to go.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 01-18-2009 04:40 AM

This is a nice little tool chest. I’ve always wanted to make myself one, but find that I’m always busy making things for other people. I have yet to make a project I can call my own. I guess I’m just waiting until I’m as good as I will ever get. It will be hard to make something for myself at 90 years old. LOL

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 01-18-2009 05:00 AM

Very nice tool chest. Great work from milling to finishing!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Chris Wright

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#5 posted 01-18-2009 05:26 AM

Great looking tool chest. I’m working on one myself, made from all left overs from other projects. Keep on learning those new skills.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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Tom Landon

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#6 posted 01-18-2009 06:05 AM

Nicely done. What have you used for a finish? I like how it’s brought out the beauty of the Sapelli.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.

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#7 posted 01-18-2009 06:10 AM

Well done, I really like the look of the cedar for the drawer bottoms.

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#8 posted 01-18-2009 06:50 AM

I think you showed your real strength here, patience, it pays off in the long run. Really nice job! Good idea, good wood selection, excellent craftsmanship.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 01-18-2009 07:51 AM

Very nice!! That will be around longer than you, I’ll bet. Great Job.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 03-19-2009 06:33 PM

Well done, and the contrasts really make it stand out when you open the drawers!

-- Chris

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#11 posted 07-02-2009 07:27 PM

good job ,


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