Tool Chest

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Project by piper posted 10-02-2010 09:45 PM 4103 views 28 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of Andy Rayes tool chest. I have a small one car garage area to use for a shop it looked like an opportunity for a lot of storage in a small space. Almost 70% of the wood for this chest is salvaged from a local cabinet shop’s dumpster. That is the reason the grain patterns are not the best. A lot of glue ups with small boards. This was a big challenge for me and I learned a lot wile building it. I pegged all of the tenons for strength. The sides and doors are all red oak raised panels with Sapele for the drawer fronts. I also built a lot less small drawers than Andy Raye had in his. I don’t have that many chisels or carving tools. I do like using traditional tools but still rely a lot on power tools. It was about a 4 month project for me and I had a lot of fun building it The bonus is I now have room for more tools.

-- piper

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 10:06 PM

Awesome looking tool chest, you should be proud. I was wondering if you had a link or plans I could model from? I’m in a similar situation and would love to work on something like this.


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#2 posted 10-02-2010 10:16 PM

Really cool project. You have a nice collection of tools! Keep up the good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 10:30 PM

I really like the way you attached the drawer cabinets to the sides. I’m going to have to remember that for when I make my own. Nice.

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 10:41 PM

Magnificent tool chest great job

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 10:47 PM

I really like how when you open the doors there’s a tool box inside a tool box lots of storage. Great job!

-- A poor man has poor way's

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 11:20 PM

waow that is a great tool cabinet
well done
may I surgest you take the wheels of before they break of and damage the legs
and if they break you wuoldn´t bee able to hold the cabinets waight with tools in it

Take care

Edit : nice tool collection :-)

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#7 posted 10-02-2010 11:34 PM

Very well done! I like the layout and design. True job of craftsmanship! I’m sure you will reap the benefits of your labor. Nice job on dumpster diving as well.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 12:39 AM

Nice tool cabinet.

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 01:59 AM

Really nice work Piper. I’ve always admired Andy Raye’s tool cabinet and yours is superb too.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 02:31 AM

Hey Piper,
Now that is one cool mobile workshop….real sweet job.

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 02:40 AM

Super nice chest – I like the storage on the doors.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 03:12 AM


We’d love to have your tool collection. What a beautiful cabinet to contain it! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 10-03-2010 03:23 AM

My oh my! This should be X rated on LJ, so much wonderful tools in so little place!
Wonderful cabinet you build, and yes the tools deserve a home like that.
Beautiful work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 10-03-2010 06:04 AM

Boy, that is a superb chest and wonderful collection of tools.
Great work!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#15 posted 10-03-2010 06:44 AM

Wow. I really like that cabinet. I am also very much envious of the selection of hand tools that you have. Well done.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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