|Project by FJPetruso||posted 03-03-2017 09:09 PM||2239 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
Here is my version of the very popular Dutch Tool Chest. It’s popular with woodworkers for many reasons. Reasons for its popularity include its size, authentic looks, its design & ability to store traditional hand tools and its portability.
I studied the plans & decided to make some changes to make construction a bit quicker & easier. I also wanted some aesthetic changes as well as useful additions.
The first change was not to use dovetails. Because it was to be painted & the dovetails wouldn’t show. And with the strength of modern glues & fasteners plus adding a double bottom for strength, I found it unnecessary. The 1” extra height I added to the case & the double bottom gave extra strength to mount heavy duty casters.
Pine was used for the majority of the chest. And the lid has molded front & sides. The battens for the top were installed on the outside instead of the inside & have matching molded edges, as does an added pencil rail for holding pencils & plans. Fence gate hinges were used & the top panel of the back is oak for strength in attaching the short side of the hinges & to leave room for the saw tills on the back of the chest. Heavy duty cast iron handles were installed on the sides & a fence gate pull & hasp are used for the top lock & drop front panel. Beaded trim was made for the front & sides above & below the front panel.
The interior tills & racks are made to be easily removed & changed or replaced as the tools in the chest are added to or changed around. All hardware, tills & racks were installed with traditional looking SLOTTED screws. (I had to be careful not to slip off the screw & gouge the wood.)
The biggest change I made was to the locking system for the front panel. Instead of using slats & notches in the front of the compartment shelf, I moved the battens out toward the edges of the front panel & drilled holes in the top of the battens for locking pins to latch the panel from the top. The locking pins are encased in a wood tube that keeps tools, sawdust & other debris from blocking the pin hole. As it would with the slots for the slats in the bottom of the upper compartment using slats. The pins never have to be removed from the tubes & the top won’t close without the pins being in the lock position. This also meant there are two less notches in the lower compartment shelf.
Finally the whole tool chest, inside & out, was sprayed with amber tinted shellac & the outside was painted with Tuscan Red Milk Paint leaving the trim amber color.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"