Pine Dovetailed toolchest

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Project by Doug posted 11-23-2011 07:30 PM 2565 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pine tool chest I needed to store tools that are not used that often…but I still wanted them to have some dignity while not being used. The corners are hand cut dovetails….the reason I lik eto cut them by hand is it sooooo quiet! The finish is linseed oil and poly 50 50 mix with mineral spirits. I like the soft sheen and hand rubbed look.

-- Doug, Long Island, Winterwood

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 07:38 PM

Wow! This chest really appeals to my visual sense. Some people don’t like pine but I think that it is a very nice wood. You might change some folks mind about pine when they see this project!

Do you have any pictures of the inside? Looking down on the top?

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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Don W

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 07:42 PM

I’ve got several vintage tool chest that I haven’t fully utilized, but building one of these is still high on my list, just because. Yours looks great. I’d like some info on how you made the top. Maybe just a shot from the inside? Also, is it just open inside, or did you go all out and add the interior bins?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 09:06 PM

Very beautiful. I agree with you Brett, pine has limited respect, but being from Alabama I’m glad to see someone lift it up with great work. Cap’n, that is a great tool box!

-- I'm not crying... That's dust in my eyes!

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 10:08 PM

“Give them dignity.” It’s nice to hear someone else talk about their tools that way.

Great chest. Let’s see the inside though.

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

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 10:39 PM

Those are some GREAT looking hand cut dove tails!

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 12:49 AM

Beautiful dovetails, too nice for a too chest (just kidding)

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 01:08 AM

well done :-)


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#8 posted 11-24-2011 02:56 AM

Pine is my favourite wood. I adore that tool chest. Can we see inside and please tell what the size is, as it’s hard to tell from the photos.

-- ~Julie~

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 05:34 AM

me likey. more pics!

-- Derek, Iowa

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#10 posted 11-24-2011 09:30 AM

I like your dovetails on your chest. The workmanship is a joy to look at.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 11-24-2011 07:02 PM

Looks good, Nice work and design.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 11-24-2011 07:49 PM

could you show us the inside and the arrangement? I like what you did and I am planning on making one for tools I need to take on the road.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#13 posted 11-24-2011 09:03 PM

In the Japanese tradition. You have honored the wood and the tools.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 05-09-2013 04:31 AM

very sharp

check my tool chest out if you get a chance,

It has been my most enjoyable project to date

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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