Cherry chisel box

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Project by Jeff Heath posted 12-31-2009 05:42 PM 3229 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cherry dovetailed box that I made to hold a set of chisels. These chisels had round handles, and I got tired of them rolling around in their drawer. It’s made from a solid cherry cutoff I had laying around in the shop. The dovetails are hand cut, and the finish is tung oil and Crystalac.

-- Jeff Heath

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 05:44 PM

thats a sweet looking box my friend and some cool looking chisels

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 05:50 PM

Jeff, this is a wonderful box. At one time I felt that shop furniture and accessories only needed to be functional. But, after viewing projects like this, have had a complete change of mind. I really enjoy seeing both functionality and form addressed in shop pieces. And, of course, it is nice to see the tool box done in cherry, which is my favorite wood to work with. Pieces like this harken back to a earlier time when craftsmen advertised their skills by putting them on display with their tool boxes and totes.

Nice job. Any of us would be proud to have built something like this for the shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Jeff Heath

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 06:08 PM

I share your viewpoint completely about shop space furniture and fixtures. I spend more time in the shop than I do in my home, and I also want my customers who visit the shop to see what I’m capable of. My grandfather was a professional jointer (furniture and cabinetmaker) and he made his own toolbox, and all of his planes, and quite a few tools. This jointers chest was a display of the quality of work he was capable of. I feel the same way about the toolboxes, cabinets, and workbench in my shop.

I have sold a few jewelry boxes because customers saw the chisel box sitting by my bench, and the light bulb went on for a jewelry box!

-- Jeff Heath

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 06:20 PM

Jeff’s really got it together. Impressed with his building/shop…now an item like this.

Great job, doin’ things right there Jeff. I like your style.

BTW…Scott, I’m glad you mentioned your “complete change of mind” in your above post. I’m not a neat freak, but think we could all do better in our shops.

Actually, a lot better.

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 06:51 PM

Hey Jeff, I think this Chisel Box is OK, but I think that you can do better. Mail me this one for my personal inspection, and get started on the next one, so you can post the newer more practiced version 8-) .

No really Jeff this box is VERY NICE. This is the kind of work that inspires us to try harder. Don’t be afraid to blog about any of this kind of work, I sure could learn from it.

Thanks for sharing.


P.S. When you send me the box, please leave the chisels inside! Thanks

-- dust control

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 10:47 PM

I think that when a client sees what care you take in making shop furniture and fixtures they are more aware of the type of work they can expect… and I too spend more time in the workshop than the house… lucky me.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 02:03 AM

i bet that would sell on ebay for good chunk of change! buyers go crazy for sets in nice boxes.

nice dovetails!

-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#8 posted 01-01-2010 02:35 AM

A beautiful box to hold some prized possessions.

Yes, keep the best scraps for your own use. Some nice looking wood.

I’d be willing to trade an equal piece of my scrap wood for your practice piece. The chisels would be up for negotiation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 04:14 AM

wow very nice work, where did u get this set from? crystalac is that the grain filler?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 09:14 AM


-- Max, New Zealand

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 09:50 AM

I share your love for cherry. But one caution: after cutoffs hang around the shop for several years they tend to get more dense and more brittle. Special care is sometimes required to avoid splitting the stock as you are drilling and fastening it.( just did that on a lamp project). You did a great job on the chisel box. Keep it up.


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#12 posted 04-18-2012 11:09 AM

It’s a beautiful chisel box and nicely done.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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