Bench Top Tool Chest

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 01-05-2017 02:25 AM 4971 views 9 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my goals for the new year is to get a little more organized.
This Gerstner chest variation is a step in that direction.
The chest is 42”W x 18”H x 12”D
It is made from Sapele and Hard Maple.
The case is joined with Dovetails and the 20 drawers have Lock-Joint joinery.
The dadoed dividers are hard maple and are inset by 1/4” at each junction.
It also features two cam-lock locking drawers and the back is oak tongue and groove fitted into a half inch rabbet.

It took a lot longer to build than I thought it would, but I was in no hurry.
It was a fun project but all the fine details like layout and set-up were challenging.

The finish is a liberal amount of Boiled Linseed Oil, followed by a good rub down and then about four coats of water based Polyurethane.
In the last picture, the box next to this one was a practice box.
I think I may make a total of four to hand down to my sons and sons in law.

I just got a bunch of nice Cherry, so I think the next one will be made from that.
I love the way Cherry ages.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

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#1 posted 01-05-2017 03:23 AM

That is totally awesome. There a ton of intricate workmanship it that piece. Really nice job.

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#2 posted 01-05-2017 03:30 AM

Beautifully done, Cherry has always been at the top of my list.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#3 posted 01-05-2017 03:48 AM

Awesome build! Love working with cherry; my favorite!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 01-05-2017 04:12 AM

Awesome work of art, great job!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 01-05-2017 04:31 AM

Awesome build!

Nice workbench setup, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-05-2017 04:51 AM

very nice eric
lots of detailing here

by the time you make 3 more

there goes your vacation in florida
or even chicago

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 01-05-2017 05:22 AM

Eric, Don’t know why you have ‘Wrecker’ in your LJ Id.
Your don’t live up to that mate, beautiful job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-05-2017 12:31 PM

Wow! Eric, what a beautiful tool chest. This is an outstanding piece and has a lot of craftsmanship and nice details. And just look at the wonderful storage it provides.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 01-05-2017 01:12 PM

Outstanding ! And your shop is beautiful !

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#10 posted 01-05-2017 01:55 PM

Beautiful job.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#11 posted 01-05-2017 02:12 PM

Very nice, Eric. Looks great, tons of function to boot. Congrats on a job well done!

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

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#12 posted 01-05-2017 04:04 PM

WOW! Sure you don’t miss storage for small items.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-05-2017 04:05 PM

looks great

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#14 posted 01-05-2017 04:09 PM

Wow, Eric that is an awesome tool chest. Nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 01-05-2017 05:23 PM

Beautiful tool chest. It’s all in the details, another proof of your craftsmanship.
Hey, that’s a lot of drawer knobs too. Did you get a loan ?

I’m proud of you my friend, once again !


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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