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Rustic Tool Chest

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Project by ElroyD posted 04-02-2018 07:02 PM 829 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another small project from a couple of years ago.

As I started dusting off, sorting, and restoring the contents of my grandfather’s rusted out metal toolbox, I decided that I needed some place to keep the good items. My shop, being located in our goat barn, is dusty at best, so I needed something with a top.

Since I wasn’t looking to put any money into a tool chest until I got further along in my tool collecting, a pile of reclaimed pine that I had salvaged from an old auto parts store (inventory shelving) came in handy. I didn’t yet have a working plane, so I decided to just cut the boards to length, and leave any cupping and twisting as is, create what the tourists around here call a “rustic” look.

My shop crew at the time helped me cut, drill, and hammer together a simple crate. We put rope handles on the sides and found some old cabinet hinges to use for the top. Since I’m a model railroader, my then seven year-old suggested that we paint it boxcar red. I was lucky enough to have about half a rattle-can of rust red leftover from another project, which was just (barely) enough to cover it.

Once I started putting tools into it, I later added a saw till, chisel rack, auger bit rack, and some dividers to the bottom. While it’s not the sexiest tool chest in the world, it made for a fun afternoon project with the kids and has come in handy for simple storage.

-- Elroy





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#1 posted 04-02-2018 07:08 PM

Nice use of salvaged wood, and nice project with the kids .... however I don’t think picture #2 passes the OSHA safety test.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 07:08 PM

Looks good, Elroy. How about some shots of the finish interior?

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#3 posted 04-03-2018 01:30 AM

Practical and simple, plus you got the kids involved. NICE!

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

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#4 posted 04-05-2018 02:55 PM

Here’s a quick, unfortunately dark, shot of the interior (which needs a good cleaning). Saw till towards the back, small tools stashed to the right of that. Longer storage section to the front. Chisel rack on the left (empty at the moment), and a rack in the darkness on the right for the bits that go with my brace. Nothing fancy, just functional.

-- Elroy

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#5 posted 04-05-2018 02:58 PM


Here s a quick, unfortunately dark, shot of the interior (which needs a good cleaning). Saw till towards the back, small tools stashed to the right of that. Longer storage section to the front. Chisel rack on the left (empty at the moment), and a rack in the darkness on the right for the bits that go with my brace. Nothing fancy, just functional.

- ElroyD


It’s a tool box! Functional is the way to go … and beside, you can take it to a re-enactment … KUDOS!

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