Rolling tool chest

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Project by Javed Akhtar posted 08-27-2015 04:41 PM 10838 views 15 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I share a shop space with a group of people. Most of the tools are shared, but everyone also has rolling plywood bins in which they store their personal tools. The problem with bins is that storing your tools in them isn’t very kind to the blades and edges. So I decided to build this tool chest for myself instead. It takes up the same space as a bin, but provides better protection for my tools.

The cabinet body is mahogany veneer plywood – 3/4” for the cabinet, 1/2” for the drawer boxes. I covered the plywood edges by making mouldings out of scrap Douglas fir I have left over from previous projects. The drawer fronts are maple. I caught a good sale on full-extension drawer slides at my local big box, so I splurged a bit and went with those. I added 1/4” plywood partitions to some of the drawers to keep my chisels, planes, and spokeshaves organized, and chest handles on the side for striking tools. The raised edge around the top ensures that nothing rolls off when I’m wheeling it around. I finished the whole thing off with a few coats of shellac.

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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#1 posted 08-27-2015 06:07 PM

Very nice design and a ton of storage space in a small footprint

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#2 posted 08-27-2015 06:16 PM

Love it. Great job. I really like the draw front grain selection.

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

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#3 posted 08-27-2015 10:42 PM

Very nicely designed and built.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-28-2015 02:41 AM

Great looking tool chest. You might post it on the dream tool chest thread.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 03:41 AM

Realy professional work. Nothing I like more than clean and organized shop and tools.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 08-29-2015 01:55 AM

Great tool chest.Nice work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 08-31-2015 06:55 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I really enjoyed building this, and after a few weeks in, I can safely say that it’s one of the most useful pieces I’ve ever built!

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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#8 posted 08-31-2015 07:03 PM

You did a nice job on this.

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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