Small Tool Chest

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Project by Alster posted 08-27-2011 04:27 PM 2604 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chest out of #2 constuction-grade pine from the BORG. The front and back are SPF; the ends are hard, gnarly SYP. Found a nice piece of pine with quilted figure for the top panel. All of the joinery was cut by hand; the finish is danish oil. The hinges are from Rockler, and they’re terrific: the lid stays exactly where you put it.

I never really used this in the shop (so never finished all of the trays), because my shop has tons of brown recluse spiders who love to live, as it turns out, in wooden boxes. And my wife (correctly, sigh) points out that we have little use for it in the house. So it’s leaving soon, to assume new duties as a toy chest for a family we really like.

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#1 posted 08-27-2011 04:51 PM

I am loving this tool chest/box just like one I used to own Please explain your name as I am alistair and have heard it spelled in manyways but never this despite that when in Germany I was always referred to as Elistair also you might like to know alster is shandy in German Beer mixed with lemonade. It is probably a derivitive of my name which is gaelic for alexander and called Axel in German. Alistair have fun

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-27-2011 04:59 PM

Alistair, I’m a Scotsman, too (at least a few generations ago!). My real name is Alan, and lots of folks call me Al, but for some reason my family has added a “ster” to Al, and there you go. Just a nickname—but now that I know it’s a drink I’ll have to try making one for myself!



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#3 posted 08-27-2011 05:38 PM

Nice. I good job. I love tool chests in any shape they come.

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

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 07:31 PM

What a nice toolchest. Lots of chests these days here on Lj….toychest and anarkist-chests :D

Nice job you have done on it :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#5 posted 08-28-2011 04:18 PM

Thats really cool. Where did the inspiriation come from? St. Roy?

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 04:32 PM

It IS from St. Roy! One of his books has a small poplar chest in it; it was reading about that chest that made me want to make this one (which was one of my first real woodworking projects).

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Don W

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#7 posted 08-28-2011 11:50 PM

nice job. A tool chest has been on my to-do list for a while now.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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