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Tool Chest from Elm and Cherry

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Project by Gittyup posted 03-21-2015 10:32 PM 2610 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box with my son for him. It is made from elm and cherry. I found it to be a pretty challenging project getting all the finger joints and grooves on the side pieces just right and the dimensions. It is finished in tung oil and I plan to put on another coat tomorrow, and line the drawers with felt or something. Empty, it weighs about 50 lbs. Should last him a lifetime.

Thanks for looking.

-- tel





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 11:50 PM

That is a beautiful toolbox! Don’t think I’ve seen elm and cherry used together before but looks great. Love your choice of joinery.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 03-21-2015 11:51 PM

Great job, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 12:42 AM

Great job. Those finger joint are really nice. you took sometime planning and cutting those.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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Gittyup

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 12:49 AM

It is the first time I’ve used elm. Lumber guy suggested it and my son liked it. There are two kinds of cherry. The drawer sides are kempas (Indonesian cherry) from some left over flooring I had. The back and bottom are American cherry from SW Virginia that I’ve been carrying around for 30+ years. That was the last of it. The kempas really stands out with its dark red color. But, man that stuff is hard.

I had made a finger cutting jig, but it wasn’t big enough for these panels. It did work great for the drawers and lid. I had to take it apart and sort of use it manually for the sides and back. I had just a couple of gaps in one or two fingers. Given that I had to match the sides to both the bottom and the back, I’m OK with it. It is a toolbox after all.

-- tel

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 01:18 AM

Nice job, I really like your choice of wood and the natural finish. I just completed my own tool chest and understand the amount of planning and work involved! Congrats on a stunning piece!! Your son is a very lucky guy…

-- Tomy Hovington

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Gittyup

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 01:23 AM



Nice job, I really like your choice of wood and the natural finish. I just completed my own tool chest and understand the amount of planning and work involved! Congrats on a stunning piece!! Your son is a very lucky guy…

- Gbluee

thanks Tomy. I saw your chest while I was building mine. Your dovetails are perfect and you chest looks awesome.

-- tel

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 03:55 AM

Love it!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#8 posted 03-22-2015 01:59 PM

nice work

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#9 posted 03-22-2015 03:57 PM

50lbs… I think it needs a diet… :-)

nice looking.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 03-22-2015 07:33 PM

Very nice job! And that elm is gorgeous. I also like the pulls you’ve chosen. When the drawers opened I almost expected to see their interiors lined with velvet. Impressive job overall.

-- Anthonyhbm

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#11 posted 03-22-2015 10:12 PM

Very Nice! Love hove it goes together.

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#12 posted 03-23-2015 01:41 AM

Nice chest! I have been working on the design for mine, for woodcarving chisels. I was thinking blind dovetails or blind finger joints, but looking at yours, I think that through finger joints might be nice looking. Mine is made from red oak (1/2” thick), and according to my calculations, should weigh about 29 pounds, less hardware and felt. It is based on a couple of different designs- Gerstners’, and David Winters’ box, as seen in Jim Tolpin’s The Toolbox Book. I had an antique Gerstner box that I got for free, but the drawer sizes did not meet my needs, and, believe it or not, the joinery on that box was pretty unsatisfactory, as far as I am concerned. That is not based on age. I sold it, so can’t go back and give a critique on the particulars, but I was not impressed with it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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Gittyup

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#13 posted 03-23-2015 02:33 AM

Interesting story about the quality of the antique. I didn’t use any plans. My son gave me a general idea of what kind of drawers he wanted. To make it easier on me, I tried to talk him out of the high drawer in the middle. But, he wanted. So, I had an idea of drawer dimensions and made all the drawers first. At that point I decided on no drawer glides. From there, I just built the box to fit the drawers. The drawers are 2 1/2” high with 2” of useable space. The sides, back and bottom are 3/4”. The shelves and lid are 5/8”. The drawers are 3/8” with 1/4 oak ply bottoms. The sides of the box were the hardest: finger joints bottom and back, and 4 dados for the shelves.


Nice chest! I have been working on the design for mine, for woodcarving chisels. I was thinking blind dovetails or blind finger joints, but looking at yours, I think that through finger joints might be nice looking. Mine is made from red oak (1/2” thick), and according to my calculations, should weigh about 29 pounds, less hardware and felt. It is based on a couple of different designs- Gerstners , and David Winters box, as seen in Jim Tolpin s The Toolbox Book. I had an antique Gerstner box that I got for free, but the drawer sizes did not meet my needs, and, believe it or not, the joinery on that box was pretty unsatisfactory, as far as I am concerned. That is not based on age. I sold it, so can t go back and give a critique on the particulars, but I was not impressed with it.

- Dark_Lightning


-- tel

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#14 posted 03-23-2015 10:22 AM

Hummm, ELM. They look good together.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#15 posted 03-23-2015 04:29 PM

Too good for tool chest. Those small dovetail drawers are adorable. I like those pulls.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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