my homebuilt tool chest.

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Project by tomsteve posted 01-26-2018 04:05 PM 1727 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i had been wanting a toolchest for some years, then one day thought,”why dont i build one?”
i happened to have a friend that had an old barn on her property that her husband had to pull over due to it becoming quite unsafe. she asked if i wanted to do some picking through it. if i would have had a skytrack and semi, i would have gotten all of it.
while taking a break i was digging through the lower level- it was a barn style with a somewhat walk/drive out basement type thing. anyways, i saw in a piece of concrete floor,” erected-1863.”
i had to leave behind some beautful hand hewn beams, plus it would have been nice to get to the floor board that were up to 16” wide and the floor joists, which were just logs flattened off on the tops. the floor joists were oak,maple,walnut..whatever was available right around the farm way back then.

the face frames,side panels, drawer fronts, and top were all milled from the beams i salvaged. i left a motise in the top- makes a great stuff holder.
i should get a picture of the end grain on some of the drawer fronts. the growth rings are so tight i cant count them without a magnifying glass.

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#1 posted 01-26-2018 06:26 PM

ZOWIE! That is some Tool Chest! Nicely Done Tom!


-- I Take My Kids Everywhere! The Problem Is, They Keep Finding Their Way Back Home! (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#2 posted 01-26-2018 07:20 PM

Ooh, how I need one. I just don’t have enough space in my garage. Excellent work

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 01-26-2018 07:39 PM

So jealous of your access to such a wonderful find. A reclaimer’s dream! Unfortunately you’re right, without a loader and a flatbed and place to store all of it, much of that awesome wood is going to waste.
You made a great chest out of it though!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#4 posted 01-26-2018 08:04 PM

It’s great to make something useful! Glad for you it finally got done!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#5 posted 01-26-2018 11:14 PM

Very cool…..nice to reclaim wood and turn it into such a beautiful piece.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 01-27-2018 02:13 AM

Nice save on the wood and great tool chest.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-27-2018 02:52 AM

Love it!

-- tel

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#8 posted 01-27-2018 04:33 AM

Very cool!

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

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#9 posted 01-27-2018 10:00 AM

This makes me want to build one and roll my HUSKY toolbox out into the street.


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#10 posted 01-27-2018 12:12 PM

Well done

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#11 posted 01-27-2018 03:08 PM

It’s a sweet piece!

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#12 posted 01-27-2018 03:14 PM

This is a fine tool chest and will be a very nice benefit for your shop. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 01-27-2018 04:38 PM

Damn !!! That’ll give those barn boards another 100 years of life – Nicely done !

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#14 posted 01-27-2018 08:10 PM

Nice! I’m not sure which is better your story or the tool chest. Stay Creative my friend.
I hope you can go back and get more.

-- Dusty Lungs

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#15 posted 01-29-2018 12:25 PM

Looks nice. I love making storage for the shop, and you can never have enough of that.

-- I love the small of sawdust in the morning....

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