Rollaway tool box for essential toolchest.

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Project by johnstoneb posted 10-31-2015 06:24 PM 1735 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This spring I built an adaptation of FW’s essential toolbox then found I didn’t have a place to put it in my shop. I then got on Sketchup and drew up plans for a bottom rollaway box. The carcase is red oak with handcut dovetails and mortise and tenons. The drawers are maple with bubinga fronts and machine cut dovetails. The carcase was finished with 2 coats of amber shellac then several coats of clear shellac, The drawers were finished with clear shellac. The drawers were cut slightly over size then hand fit.
I now have a place for the upper box in my shop.
The drawers are on maple runners finished with shellac and then waxed with paste wax. The fit on the bottom drawer is tight enough that I actually have some suction when opening it.
The dovetails and mortise and tenons are the best I have cut to date.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 06:27 PM

Great job!

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

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 08:37 PM

Very nice Bruce. Better/nicer than all the metal red ones is this red oak one.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#3 posted 10-31-2015 09:42 PM

Bruce, your roll away tool box is an heirloom piece for sure. A beautifully crafted piece.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 10-31-2015 09:54 PM

G’Day Bruce, Now that is one beautiful tool chest, even looks too good to use in the shed…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 10-31-2015 10:42 PM

Very complimentary to your chest Bruce. What did you do for runners or slides?

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

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#6 posted 10-31-2015 11:28 PM

Very nice..impressive.

-- Only the dead have seen the end of war ~PLATO

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#7 posted 10-31-2015 11:49 PM

I used Maple for the runners with a coat of shellac then waxed them and the drawer sides. They slide very easy the bottom drawer actually has some suction I am very happy with the fit of all the drawers.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 10-31-2015 11:58 PM

Nice looking tool chest.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#9 posted 11-01-2015 12:21 AM

Looks excellent and gives lots of storage.

-- Clay

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#10 posted 11-01-2015 12:41 PM

looks great

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

That’s really nice, way too nice for tools!

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#12 posted 11-01-2015 01:14 PM

I’ve admired this beauty in other threads, and am amazed at how perfectly you executed. I’d love to see some pics any in progress shots you have.

Fair warning: this is an upcoming build for me. :-)

I fear those through tenons. No margin for error there, but they look so great, they are a must.

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#13 posted 11-01-2015 10:33 PM

I don’t have a lot of in progress pictures on the lower box. I would get busy then forget to take pictures. I do have a blog on the upper box and it is fairly picture heavy. The through tenons on the lower box came out very well. The upper box had some fit issues but because it was end grain coming thru it was very easy to cut thin pieces and drive them in before finishing and you can’t tell there was a problem. The lower box was the third time for thru tenon and they came out better than I expected. Cut them tight then sneak up on the fit.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#14 posted 11-02-2015 05:26 AM

Beautiful cabinet, Bruce!

-- God bless, Candy

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