|Project by GBS||posted 03-13-2011 04:45 PM||10795 views||28 times favorited||18 comments|
I recently finished constructing a hand tool box with coopered half lids and four drawers.
Plans: Article by Pat Curci; American Woodworker February 1999.
Material: Solid Cherry, Cherry Plywood, Brass hardware. Random scraps of maple and walnut for the drawer boxes.
Finish: Minwax Clear Gloss Poly
Size: 20” long, 10” wide and about 15” to the top of the handle.
I built this box to house and transport my collection of hand tools. It is based closely on Pat Curci’s design from the magazine article noted above, but I made my box considerably smaller. The box has a high tool till in the top half which gives plenty of room for stashing handplanes and handsaws under the coopered lids. The bottom half of the box features four drawers for storing smaller items. I designed the larger pair of drawers around my chisel collection – all fit neatly side-by-side in one drawer. The shorter drawers on the other side are good for squares and other layout stuff. As you can see, the handle pivots out of the way to offer full access to the top till. The bottom part of the handle below the pivot serves as a handy drawer-lock during transit. The handle latches in place via two mortise-mount bullet catches that hold the handle in position until you push it out of the way.