Plywood Tool Chest (from FWW Tools & Shops)

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Project by Jon3 posted 07-10-2007 05:43 PM 11270 views 42 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the first projects I started on is pretty much complete. I started a plywood tool cabinet from the last FWW Tools and Shops edition.

I don’t have a great deal of hand tools, but I’m slowly improving my collection as I add more and more as I find I use them, so there’s plenty of room for expansion! Nearly the whole thing is baltic birch, a sheet of 3/4 and less than that of 1/2”. Finger joints all over. Nearly all the attachments are ply and ash our of the small scraps box.

This is not a great looking one, and I can see the mistakes all over, but it is interesting to see the kinds of mistakes that I made, and the progress I’ve made since then. A nice learning experience!

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#1 posted 07-10-2007 05:55 PM

Just great! That cabinet looks like a fine resting spot for your tools. I looked at that plan in FWW as well. Nice job!

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

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#2 posted 07-10-2007 05:56 PM

This is too cool…I like the depth of the case, the doors and drawers…you did a really nice job building this.

How did you attach you “attachments?” I don’t see any screws! Nice!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 07-10-2007 05:58 PM

I deliberately didn’t want to use any screws. Everything is glued together, except for hinges.

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#4 posted 07-10-2007 06:07 PM


This is awesome, I have the article and I want to build this, too. I did notice on the FWW forums that there was some discussion about the dimensions on the plan being off, and that it would require adjustment when you’re building this, did you encounter this?

And, since you say that everything is glued up, I think this might qualify for the LJ Summer Woodworking contest in the “no mechanical fasteners” category…I’ll be willing to exempt the hinges since I don’t see how you can build this without them. GREAT JOB!

-- Erik

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#5 posted 07-10-2007 06:10 PM

I made a mistake right up front, and made it 36 inches by 48, which is also how I ended up with 9 drawers.

Essentially once I did that wrong, I just kind of eyeballed the drawing from then on, and went with the flow!

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#6 posted 07-10-2007 06:19 PM

Vewry nice…on my list of things to build. I need it in my small shop.

Erik….this won’t qualify for the joint contest….no glue allowed. Pure wood joinery…here are the rules.

Wood Joinery – Let’s get technical – but without glues, metal nails, screws or other mechanical fasteners! Yes, this is the “WOOD JOINERY” challenge for all you LumberJocks out there. Let’s see what you are made of – or rather what your woodworking project is made of. If you can build it with screws, you can build it without. Pure and Simple: Envision it, build it, enter it. Note that entries in this category should have at least one joint and NO glue or mechanical fasteners should be used to create the joint(s).

-- Bob

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#7 posted 07-10-2007 06:38 PM

Great chest. I will have to look up the plans.

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

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#8 posted 07-10-2007 07:17 PM

Looks great to me! Making things for the shop is a good learning process for me since the small mistakes don’t tend to matter as much as if you were going to put something in your living room.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 07-10-2007 07:57 PM

Nice work, and useful. I’d be proud to have that hanging in my shop. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 07-10-2007 08:51 PM

Thanks Bob for pointing out my oops on the LJSA contest rules…

-- Erik

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#11 posted 07-10-2007 10:48 PM

very cool…Sounds like you learned and made adjustments as you went—-that is the best way to learn…Like Charlie said…better to learn on the shop projects then on the living room projects…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 07-11-2007 04:58 AM

Super job!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 07-11-2007 05:18 AM

Looks great – and for not having many hand tools, you certainly have some very good ones! Nice!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 12-09-2007 01:06 AM

Very nice.
This is now on my list of things to do also.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#15 posted 12-09-2007 01:13 AM

Nice work on the cabinet. And it shows off the tools nicely too.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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