Tool Chest / Guys Jewelry Box

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Project by Bob A in NJ posted 2624 days ago 2997 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi again,

I made this one a few months ago after I bought my 24” Leigh jig. I wanted to make something to practice making both through and sliding dovetails. This box is 24” long, 10” deep and 12” tall. (It started out 1 1/2” longer but I didn’t like the way the dovetails came out so I cut it down and started over). Please don’t tell anyone! :-)

It’s a combo of oak and walnut. I like using two coats of Minwax poly topped with a coat of wax applied with 400 steel wool. The orginal plan was to use this as a tool box in my shop for fine tools but I like it so much I’m keeping it in my closet for a catch all for watch, wallet, keys, important papers, etc.

The plan was to practice the joints, then use that experience to make Hope Chests for my 2 daughters. I’ll post these next.

Hope you like it.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 2624 days ago

Bob, tha is a beatiful chest if you were to look at some of my projects you would find that oak and walnut is one of my favorite wood combinations.Your dovetails look great.A new jig is on my wish list but right now trying to build a new shop.Again your work is great keep up the good work.

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 2624 days ago

Bob, very impressive box, wood selection and joinery. I think you can stop practicing – you’ve got it down to perfection.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 2624 days ago

Another great looking project. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 2624 days ago

I love tool chests – new and old.

I was in the midst of planning to build another when my wife caught wind of it. We now have a nice blanket chest.

Yours is beautiful – great piece!

-- Paul, Texas

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#5 posted 2623 days ago

Practice? I don’t think you needed any practice. That’s beautiful!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 2623 days ago

Great looking chest.

I just bought ShopNotes Vol 16, Issue 93 Router Accessories and Add-ons

They have plans for a portable Dovetail Jig Work-center. I made a case for my Leigh Jig. and I use it to attach the jig to when cutting wood. But I think I’m going to make this work-center. It has some nice features for assisting in aligning wood when its in the jig.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#7 posted 2623 days ago

How are the drawers installed? Do you have sliders, or are they resting on a dustframe? I like the contrast in woods.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 2622 days ago

Bob -

Looks like the Leigh Jig works great! Very nice project! The poly and wax looks great.


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#9 posted 2622 days ago

You did a great job Bob.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 2622 days ago


The drawers rest on the frames, no dust panel. I just waxed the drawers and inside of the box and they move in and out easily.


-- Bob A in NJ

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 2601 days ago

Hi Bob,

Your doing beautiful work!

From one middle aged guy to another!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 2571 days ago

This is a beautiful piece. Although it falls outside my definition of a small wooden box, I still like it a lot Bob. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 2113 days ago

Thats a nice chest.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 1786 days ago

looks great! I really like the dovetails on the drawers showing the tails from the front :) even though mechanically speaking this should go the other way (to keep the drawer front from coming loose).

and the walnut oak combination does look good together (as others mentioned)!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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