Dutch Toolchest

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Project by Therockingestlobster posted 05-10-2015 12:28 AM 1421 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built the Anarchist’s Toolchest, but realized how quickly the lid became a place to store things when closed (I share space in a shop so I usually put whatever I was working on on top of it at the end of the day to free up bench space for others, then had to move it all the next day to get into it). It was a hassle to move everything off to get into and I wasn’t a big fan of having to reach to the floor to get a plane. All this was mentioned on an episode of the Woodwrights Shop, but I didn’t see it until later. Still glad I built the ATC because I learned a great deal of skills and theory.

This chest was a breeze after that, it doesn’t become a resting place for random shop items and is a pleasure to work from. My ATC will be with me forever and is used now for longer term tool storage/for tools and moulding planes I don’t use all too frequently.

-- Write drunk, edit sober. -EH

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 01:29 AM

Great idea. Nicely done!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 01:32 AM

Thanks! You’re my first comment!

-- Write drunk, edit sober. -EH

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 06:03 AM

Great work on both chests and a nice memorial for your friend. What is that wood tool(?)leaning against your chisels in the last pic?

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 06:09 AM

It’s a melancholia square I purchased from cronkwright woodshop. I purchased it a while ago and enjoy using the wood square. It’s a neat and inspiring tool with an interesting history.

-- Write drunk, edit sober. -EH

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#5 posted 05-10-2015 01:36 PM

great project. I have wanted to build one of these chests for sometime. Thanks for sharing yours.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 05-10-2015 07:06 PM

Looks great, I love the color.

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#7 posted 05-10-2015 09:16 PM

Mr.Lobster, the chest looks great and seems to filled to the brim with goodies. I built mine to carry the tools I use the most at my woodworking class. It sits on top of my ATC when it isn’t traveling. Took a peak at your ATC, outstanding build as well. You might want to post the two chests on the Tool Chest of Your Dreams thread, quite a few ATC’s and Dutchies there.

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

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#8 posted 05-11-2015 01:55 AM

Nice use of leather holders inside, two thumbs up for the whole build. Well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#9 posted 05-11-2015 02:29 AM

Nicely done and great looking selection of tools inside. I am going to disagree with the name though, the company I work for has a lot of Dutch heritage in it and they’re almost all WAY too cheap to build something like this instead of re-purposing anything else they already had to save a couple bucks!

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#10 posted 05-11-2015 01:24 PM

You did a great job on this tool chest and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 05-12-2015 03:49 AM

Verrah noice!

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

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