Greene and Greene tool chest

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Project by lateralus819 posted 08-22-2015 09:59 PM 3861 views 12 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all. Finally have a new project after a long while! What a relief to finally be done with this and able to use it. I’m sure I will get flack for using something like this for tools but I think it’s a good investment.

I was wanting a “new” style to toy with and was in the middle of some other projects that we’re starting to bore me. This was intended as a “quick” project. 3 months later with some hours here some there. No weekends and no tuesdays. Sometimes I just didn’t feel like working on it, so it took a while. I started with a very figured piece of 4/4 African Mahogany that was 5’ long x 16” wide.

All the joints were cut by hand which took a long time. The only “Screwup” was not being satisfied with the skirting and remaking the whole thing. The plugs took FOREVER! I found out a hand drill is best. For some reason a drill press leaves swirls. I think the hand drill has a little bit of inconsistancy due to the human touch which makes them perfect.

The only fasteners are for the hinges and the saw rack. I still need to figure out storage for a lot of tools but I’m sure I’ll get there. None of the dims were planned so a lot of my tools own’t fit (Doh!)

Not a big fan of these small SOSS hinges. While I did (luckily) nail the mortises perfect on the first try, the back seems to stay elevated when closing. It needs a little nudge to sit flat.

All in all I learned a tremendous amount about myself and my capabilities as a woodworker. It gives me hope for the future. I also learned to keep my cool a lot. When a problem arose I took a break and thought through it as to avoid anger and disappointment.

The finish is Old masters oil finish with 2 coats of Howards feed-n-wax. I hope you enjoy.

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 11:05 PM

That’s a great looking tool chest, I like the Greene and Greene style.

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 11:29 PM

Incredibly beautiful wood, superb design, flawless execution. A chest to be envied.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 11:53 PM

Lat, that’s one fine piece of work. Are the winding sticks from the same board as the chest? The oval is a great touch. A craftsman’s creation to be sure.

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

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#4 posted 08-23-2015 12:01 AM

That’s a superb chest. I’m glad you made something you enjoyed out of the board. I have a hard time not hoarding anything nice.

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#5 posted 08-23-2015 12:07 AM

The sticks are from a different piece of 8/4. I had watched Paul sellers video on them and decided they would be handy.

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#6 posted 08-23-2015 12:09 AM

Absolutely beautiful.

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#7 posted 08-23-2015 12:12 AM

Thanks Lat.

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

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#8 posted 08-23-2015 12:18 AM

Wellll dayum Lat. That is over the top gorgeous.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 08-23-2015 12:54 AM

That’s one of the finest looking tool chests I’ve seen! You really did the Greenes and Halls proud!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 08-23-2015 01:07 AM

Atta boy. I have taught you well young grasshoppah. lawlz.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#11 posted 08-23-2015 01:10 AM

Holy smokes, lat. While a bunch of us sit around our computers spouting BS, you’re out in the shop creating a masterpiece. Awesome job!

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 08-23-2015 01:14 AM

Dan- Didn’t you say something about me never finishing it? ;).

Thanks JayT. Alreading started on another project!

I try and do one “wow” piece a year lol. Maybe next year I can tackle a proper work bench.

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#13 posted 08-23-2015 01:49 AM

Spectacular work!
Certainly a WOW piece.

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

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#14 posted 08-23-2015 02:19 AM

G & G tool chest, thing of beauty.

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

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#15 posted 08-23-2015 02:56 AM

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