craftsman tool box made at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

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Project by kennymac posted 02-05-2016 03:15 PM 712 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone,
I’m still fairly new to the site, been lurking around a bit but haven’t posted much. About a year ago I started taking classes at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, began with their total beginner one class and I’ve continued from there. Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez are just the best instructors, I love going there! I’ve made a book case, coffee table, joiners work bench and I’m currently in their “master class” building a very nice 4 drawer chest. Along the way I’ve purchased some nice hand tools, and been making improvements to my home shop (in my garage).

A few weeks ago I signed up for their “craftsman tool chest” and the photos are the results of that weekend class. The class was initially offered in Pennsylvanian cherry but a week or two before the class started Alan received a big shipment of curly maple. I chose the maple and I think I got some of the best wood in the bunch! This small tool chest is now my wife’s sewing cabinet, she really likes it.

This tool chest is supposed to be a four drawer box, but after making the incredibly stupid mistake of gluing the sides in upside down we decided to adjust it to a three drawer model. As it turns out almost everyone in the class liked the three drawer version and I’m really happy with the outcome. The drawers are fitted individually and are hung with a simple dado slot. Finished with General Finishes hand rubbed lacquer. I think it turned out pretty nice, and of course I learned a lot.

I’ll try to post more pictures as the master class progresses.

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 05:23 PM

That turned out beautifully! Congrats on the classwork, would love to do that someday. The maple looks incredible too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 02-06-2016 12:18 AM

That’s pretty nice! The wood is beautiful. I too would love to take some classes. Welcome to LJ’s

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 02-06-2016 12:19 AM

Beautiful job! That is something I would like to do someday.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 02-07-2016 03:58 PM

Wonderful,a very beautiful tool box.

-- Custom furniture

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