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A Dutch Chest, long time in the making

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Project by theoldfart posted 06-06-2015 11:48 PM 4987 views 15 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been dragging my feet about posting this chest since it seems to be never fully completed. I’m still making upgrades to the tool mounts. It started at a tool making company in Maine and a woodworking writer teaching the class

We had the carcass done in two days! That was in July of 2014, ten months to fine tune. I work slow!

We couldn’t find the clamps so we resorted to old school methods, cut nails in the dovetails

From there I made the breadboard top, used a 45 for most of the fitting

I took my time setting up the interior, experience with my Anarchist chest taught me that. The hardware is from Lee Valley and Van Dykes. The paint is Old Fashioned Milk paint ( Mustard yellow covered then with Liberty Green) Still need to wax it.

The saw till on the lid was stollen from Brad design and plans. I made it from Ipe’. The only tailed tool used was a router to cut the saw slots.

The lower section has my boring tools, shoulder plane, mallet, fret saws, and spokeshaves.

All of the joining and fitting was done with vintage hand tools.

Tell me what ya think.

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





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Slyy

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#1 posted 06-07-2015 12:57 AM

Kev your chest has always been pretty dang snazzy. Awesome to see posted here in “final” form. Your layout design seems rather inspired and well organized and thought out, I know I for sure am gonna shamelessly steal some of the ideas when I get around to building a chest. Some great craftsmanship on display here. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#2 posted 06-07-2015 01:32 AM

Kev, I enjoyed watching the build and mods on the Dream Toolbox thread. Great chest and the Schwarz connection is way cool.

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

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#3 posted 06-07-2015 01:44 AM

Tanks boys. Apreciate the kind words.

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

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#4 posted 06-07-2015 01:59 AM

Your chest looks good Kevin. Great to see it with the tools in it.

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#5 posted 06-07-2015 02:42 AM

Great layout and exicution, Kev. Do you find yourself able to comfortably work out of it?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 06-07-2015 10:24 AM

Knock, thank you
Todd, so far yes. I’ll be using it as a traveling chest in the fall when I go back to my furniture classes, that will be the test.

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

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#7 posted 06-07-2015 11:57 AM

Kevin, I love the rugged simplicity of it and your tools look wonderful in it. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#8 posted 06-07-2015 12:52 PM

Charles, thank you.

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

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#9 posted 06-07-2015 12:59 PM

Kevin, the Dutchy looks great, and the layout and tools you’ve added to it bring it to ‘wonderful’ status. Very nice. A gentle ribbing, though, on the phillips head screws in the handles… Cut nails = galoot; phillips not so much. I have phillips brasses in my tool chest and it’s driving me nuts to replace, but I’ve not found the right size (they’re for the saw till pulls, maybe custom size?).

The holders / bracket for the brace and eggbeaters is pure genius, too.

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

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theoldfart

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#10 posted 06-07-2015 01:03 PM

Smitty, yea on the philips. Unfortunately the handle countersinks are metric, still looking for black replacements.

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

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#11 posted 06-07-2015 01:43 PM

Kevin the chest looks great. Some things you can’t rush and it shows in the details. I know you’ll keep us posted on the furniture classes. Enjoy.

I like the green

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

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#12 posted 06-07-2015 01:43 PM

Nice looking chest, Kevin!
Looks so functional that I wish my ATC was a Dutchy. May end up with several here…

Hey, LV has nice black screws up to 1” in length, and free shipping for 2 more days!

http://www.leevalley.com/en/Hardware/page.aspx?p=48656&cat=3,41306,41315&ap=1

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 06-07-2015 01:52 PM

Very well fitted and everything in sight. I imagine tailoring the tools in place to be the rewarding parts of the build. I’ve finally started on my dream tool place after a long settling stage. I hope the build to be as long. Nice work Kevin, now one in every color. My measuring and marking tool collection could warrant a chest of it’s own.

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

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#14 posted 06-07-2015 02:41 PM

Great looking build and it compliments your tool collection.
Does one ever finished their tool chests?

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#15 posted 06-07-2015 02:57 PM

21st centery “Studlely”- nice job

-- Desert_Woodworker

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