Tale of Two Tool Chests

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Project by MattHodek posted 05-06-2017 01:07 PM 1521 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am headed off to the Great Lakes Woodworking Festival in Adrian, Mi tomorrow, and I realized (several weeks ago) that I didn’t have a proper way to transport my tools. So I ended up making a pair of tool chests. The one on the left is a small Dutch tool chest via Chris Schwarz ( ), and the one on the right is a Japanese style tool chest via Toshio Odate and Wilbur Pan ( ). I got the idea for using the lid of the Japanese chest as a way to hang the saw from mafe ( )

Both are made of primarily eastern white pine, and are screwed together except for the bottom of the Dutch chest is dovetailed. The Dutch chest is finished in milk paint and linseed oil, and the Japanese chest is unfinished as they traditionally are.

Now it is time to take them on the road…

-- Matt, Michigan,

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#1 posted 05-06-2017 01:09 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 05-06-2017 01:16 PM

those look great

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#3 posted 05-06-2017 02:31 PM

Well done. Give some thought to storage on the lid as well. I have two panel saws and marking/measuring stuff stored there.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 05-06-2017 04:53 PM

Very nice I just finished a Japanese toolbox and hope to start my Dutch box in a couple of weeks. Few things left on the honeydew list and a paying job first.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#5 posted 05-06-2017 09:38 PM

Excellent work! Great way to protect those nice tools! Have a safe trip!

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

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#6 posted 05-07-2017 12:47 PM

Those two boxes are a great way to protect your tools on any trip that you need to carry your tools with along you and they will also provide any needed organization as well. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-07-2017 05:27 PM

Excellent job. It will be interesting to see which one you prefer after a while.
Was one more fun to build than the other?
I’m working through a series of Japanese tool boxes as well right now, it’s fun to see the differences.

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 01:38 AM

Thanks everyone. Both chests performed admirably today, and did provide a good bit of organization that I needed.

As far as which one was more fun to build, that is a tough call. They both had their challenges, and trouble spots. I would have to say I am a little more proud of the Dutch one, but that might be because I haven’t finished tricking out the Japanese one yet. :)

-- Matt, Michigan,

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