Tool chest

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Project by iditarod posted 02-04-2016 04:02 PM 1173 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a traditional english tool chest. Pine, Mahogany, and Bubinga, all from hand tools. Great learning experience!

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Brian Gulotta

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 05:56 PM

Looks awesome. Definitely have a tool chest high up on my todo list. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 06:08 PM

Nice tool chest. I can understand that in the years of yesteryore traveling carpenters had a need to pack up their tools into a small box. What is the advantage of this kind of tool chest in a modern workshop?

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

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 06:49 PM

Woodnsawdust, Since the majority of the work I do is hand tools, everything is handy. As for the size, this was a cabinetmakers chest. Weight prevented theft. When the cabinet maker needed to travel, they would frequently have smaller boxes they would load with the tools for the required job. The other advantage? The apprentice in days of old made his tools chest usually in the last year of his apprenticeship. they were not allowed to do it on company time, but rather after hours. Cabinet makers were judged the rest of their careers on their chests. Typically they changed employers only a few times. For me, it was a great exercise in researching traditional techniques and designs and having worked out of other tool storage methods for years, I find this more efficient for me. And enjoyable as well. Is it for everyone? Probably not.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 07:00 PM

What a lovely project. May I ask did you do the design research yourself or did you use plans made by another? It’s always great to see what folks find “perfect” for them.

-- ~Kate - - Fiber is fiber be it wood or wool.

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 07:05 PM

Green and White Owl, The design and research were my own. Christopher Schwartz inspired me to look into it years ago, but his tool chest was not quite right. (mostly he convinced me of the use of pine for the Carcass) I also drew inspiration from Jim Kingshott, but again needed to make some modifications. “perfect”? not quite but I am surprised at how much more efficiently I work. ( then again, I will probably always find tweaks I could have made) It was a very enjoyable experience from start to finish and it is the process I recommend even over the finished product.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 07:47 PM

looks sexy, any pictures of all the inside compartments?

-- just a goon with a hammer.

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 08:26 PM

That is really nice, another vote for additional interior pics.

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#8 posted 02-04-2016 08:54 PM

More pics soon.

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#9 posted 02-04-2016 09:23 PM

Fine looking tool chest. I’m still not sold on the internal drawers, so mine consists of just sliding tills. I wish I had made my lid tall like yours, my saw till is located in the lower

Your workmanship is first rate. I’m looking forward to more project postings from you.

Also I prefer working out of the chest as well.

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

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#10 posted 02-04-2016 09:27 PM

Congratulations on a very nice job.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#11 posted 02-04-2016 10:17 PM

Looks great, nice work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#12 posted 02-05-2016 03:07 AM

Well done. I really like the wood choices.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 02-05-2016 06:15 AM

My stepfather was trained as an English cabinetmaker right after WW2. It took seven years, six days a week and ten hours a day. He was given a hand written Journeyman’s ticket by his master. Along with that, they were given a new suit of clothes and five pounds. He made a tool box very similar to your wonderful example. It brings back memories…thank you for posting.

-- OK, now which one of you guys stole my signature? I know darned well it was here a moment ago...

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#14 posted 02-05-2016 09:36 AM

Very nicely done! It’s is very much like the Benjamin Seaton Tool Chest.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Kaleb the Swede

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#15 posted 02-05-2016 12:27 PM

Great work. That is a fantastic looking tool chest. Love the attention to detail. That should make you happy every time you open it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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