Essential Tool Chest

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Project by zippymorocco posted 01-17-2016 09:03 PM 5427 views 27 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this project about a month ago and have been using it in the shop since. I finally got around to taking some pictures and would like to share them. The tool chest is working nicely. This is the first project that I have completed to use dove tail, half blind dovetails, tenons and bridal joints. I did practice cutting and assembling dovetails for a while before taking this on. The tenons were pretty easy once I had dovetails down. It was a lot of fun to see the box come together and there were relatively few hiccups. The project took about 50 hours to complete and was well worth it.

The woods incorporated into the design are Butternut, Walnut and Wenge. As you can tell my tools are mostly new and were in need of a home. I share shop space with several other carpenters and needed a safe and portable place for my tools.

I would like to thank members L-H Johnsen and johnstoneb for answering questions I had while I was working through the project. Also FWW for presenting plans and instruction that were easy to follow.

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#1 posted 01-17-2016 09:23 PM

looks fantastic. I am in same boat as you towards learning hand tools and dovetails. Something always comes up to distract me :) I plan on getting back into hand tools shortly though. I just wanted to comment on your dovetail progression.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#2 posted 01-17-2016 09:43 PM


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#3 posted 01-17-2016 09:48 PM

Very impressive!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 01-17-2016 09:51 PM

Your joinery and hardware installation are very good. I especially like the proud pins and tenons look you left on the case. Excellent work!

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

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 10:21 PM

Excellent workmanship and a beautiful tool chest!
Glad I could answer some questions.

-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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#6 posted 01-17-2016 11:24 PM

That looks Awesome! I hope I can get over that first learning curve like you!

-- Wes, Northern Maine

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#7 posted 01-18-2016 12:25 AM

Wow! I love this and can only hope to half this good someday! Love it, great job

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#8 posted 01-18-2016 01:36 AM

Very nice. If you had only 50 hours in that, you were smokin’.

-- Sam,

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#9 posted 01-18-2016 02:26 AM

Nice looking. Very simple and elegant

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#10 posted 01-18-2016 02:31 AM

Looks great

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#11 posted 01-18-2016 02:37 AM

Wow that look incredible. Great job.


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#12 posted 01-18-2016 04:31 AM

Very nice job my friend.
Your attention to detail and the finish make this an heirloom quality project.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#13 posted 01-18-2016 07:54 AM

Great work!

What sort of finish did you do?

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#14 posted 01-18-2016 09:25 AM

It is beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.

-- Isra, Salcedillo (Cantabria),

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#15 posted 01-18-2016 12:23 PM

Real craftsmanship in both construction and finish. Excelent joinery as well. Well done.

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

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