Small tool chest

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Project by Jeff posted 06-14-2010 06:48 PM 2780 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made to house smaller items such as marking gauges, knives, moisture meter, files etc… The carcase is baltic birch ply with cherry face frames. Drawers are oak with cherry fronts and plywood bottoms. This was the first time I every tried to hand cut dovetails and overall I was happy with the experience (there might have been one or two that needed some eh hem.. reinforcing). The drawers sides have a rabbet to slide on wooden cleats screwed to the carcase. I left this unfinished as I do with most of my shop furniture. I love the color of the cherry once it darkens a little.

Guard cat is optional.

-- Jeff

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 07:12 PM

Very nice chest. I wish my first hancut dovetails had been that nice – although I’m not too far behind you. Intimidating guard cat too!

-- Scott - Houston, Texas

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 07:15 PM

Another great project Jeff very nice tool chest.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 07:17 PM

Nice but looks like the tools have moved out and something else has taken their place.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 07:42 PM

Inovative design. My dovetails never look this well, and I use the Akeda jig. Overall nice design and I really like your method of keeping the mice out of your tools, no mouse droppings will be found anywhere. Maybe an occasional mouse skull.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 10:11 PM

Good looking dovetails. Great job, One day I will hand cut mine.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 10:46 PM

Very nice work. Do you have to put holes in the bottom drawer for the cat to breathe?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 06-15-2010 12:40 AM

Very nice small tool chest : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 06-15-2010 01:17 AM

very nice..great work.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#9 posted 06-15-2010 03:13 AM

Very nice cat house….........I mean tool chest. Jeff, great job on hand cutting the dovetails. Very nice.

-- John @

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