Norm Abram Inspired Wall-Mounted Tool Chest - Cont'd

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Project by ChuckM posted 04-01-2011 12:41 AM 9672 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some 80 days ago ( ), I posted the tool chest I built for my hand tools. There’ve been several changes made to it since it was completed, including:

- More planes (Veritas Bevel-Up Planes) and tools (dovetail saw, chisels, etc.) have been bought and added to the chest
- Door knobs (fake) are installed on the front
- A medallion (my signature) is installed on the side of the door
- A silica gel pack is kept there for rust prevention

Bob, a friend and a wise counsel to me, had this to say about my tool chest back then:”... but it’s one that holds disappointment in its heart. The day will certainly come when there is no more room in it for the most recent tool; then the decision must be made—do I build another and where will I put it? Or, do I remove a tool to make room for this one? Enjoy it now!” How true!

The chest is pretty crowded now; it has room for a couple more small planes or so. However, it won’t be too long before the next tool chest needs to be designed and built—perhaps, using mainly hand tools.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 12:50 AM

Beautiful set of tools, beautifully displayed.

It doesn’t get much better than that !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 01:12 AM

you did this one right Chuck … it took me at least 5 minutes to stop staring and start typing.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 01:27 AM

Beautiful—I am envious!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 01:37 AM

Very nice Chuck really cool.great tools too.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 01:38 AM

It amazing how much one can put into one of these units and fill up as well…thank for showing…BC

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 01:43 AM

great work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 01:53 AM

If you did a prototype, like Norm, I’ll take it.

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

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 01:58 AM

Thank you all for your encouraging words and remarks. You have given me enough reason why I should build a second tool chest! Thanks again.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 02:03 AM


I didn’t even NOTICE that middle panel !

a) What’s on each side of it, and

b) Yet another point toward your easily-earned “A+” rating !

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 02:20 AM

Hi Neil,

Eagle eye!

The swing panel has recessed holes drilled and rare magnets installed to keep the rasps and files. On the back side, the mini-files are kept in tubes. There’s still room on the back of the panel for more tools. I swing it out when I need to get the combination square or the bevel-up hand planes. By the way, there’re magnets on the angled shelf to pull each plane tight to the surface. I am all for the use of magnets in the shop. Thanks for your question.


-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 02:36 AM

Great feature … and … yeah … aren’t rare earth magnets just one of the many gifts to woodworkers !?

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 04-01-2011 04:01 AM

This is a great set of tools very well organized. Very few things that you could not build with this small kit.


-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 04-01-2011 05:27 AM

Very well done! Nice collection of Veritas!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 04-01-2011 05:48 AM

A beautiful and totally functional piece of work. Lots of thought and quality – well done.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 04-01-2011 05:14 PM

Great chest, looks like you spend a lot of time flipping through lee valley catalogues haha

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