|Project by endgrainy||posted 04-10-2016 06:58 PM||1378 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
My primary hand tool storage area had been the lower shelf under my workbench. As my meager hand tool collection began to grow slowly, I felt the tools needed a better home.
I read Christopher Schwarz’s “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” about a year ago, and loved the philosophy presented, as well as the chest itself. I thought the original chest may be too big for my shop/tool collection, so when I saw the “Traveling Tool Chest” in the August 2015 Popular Woodworking magazine, I figured that would be the perfect size.
The case and tills are made from poplar, dovetailed on the corners (note – my hand cut dovetails tend to look better when painted:) The till runners, slides, and handles are made from white oak. The handles were particularly fun for me, as they were each tuned out of a single piece of wood. It’s my first turning that was partly non-circular.
I broke from convention and attached the lid with newer style torsion hinges so that wouldn’t need a chain or catch. The lid is plywood surrounded by a poplar frame. I didn’t go for the inlaid top – maybe next time.
Finish is milk paint on the outside – black over red. The inside was finished with two light coats of shellac. The chest sits on oak runners finished with shellac and wax to avoid rot.
In all, there were a few stumbles, but I think my hand tools are happier in their new home. Next step – I’ll have to grow my collection to fill out the chest.
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