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Project by Jesse posted 01-13-2012 08:22 AM 2563 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My newest stationary tool chest.

This is my first attempt at not only veneering, but also cutting my own veneers. The entire box is 3/4 plywood because it was on sale for $25/sheet. The top back and sides are my self-cut veneers of a curly maple board I had laying around. Drawer fronts are store bought pack of brazialian rosewood. The work top portion is PSA walnut piece my dad gave me that was just the right size.

It is damn heavy so it’s not a very practical piece. However, I feel it turned out pretty spiffy looking and I’ll be lining the drawers and making rare-earth magnet tool holders to install under the hood.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-13-2012 08:39 AM

That’s one fantastic tool chest. great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 12:19 PM

Looking good, looks like some nice storage!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 01-13-2012 02:14 PM

Exceptional work. I would put that on my kitchen counter. It looks too good to be in the shop.

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

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 03:09 PM

Nice job. Now you got me thinking.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 03:59 PM

Precision work. You paid attention to detail very well. Awesome work !!

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#6 posted 01-13-2012 05:09 PM

Very nice tool chest.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 01-13-2012 05:30 PM


as for the weight – if you were under the assumption these type of chests are the portable type that would explain your practicality comment, but considering they are large, heavy, and hold a ridiculous amount of heavy tools, then they aren’t really supposed to be super mobile -at least not like a tool caddy.

nice build. enjoy it.

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#8 posted 01-13-2012 05:38 PM

It’s a beautiful tool chest and I love the way that you did the top compartment.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 01-13-2012 06:38 PM

Great looking project. That box will you good service! combination of drawer sizes, the top open area. great design. And the veneer looks wonderfull!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#10 posted 01-13-2012 08:05 PM

Wow, I might make one of those but I’ll call it a jewelry box. Very nice.

-- Bryan

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#11 posted 01-14-2012 02:25 AM

Sometimes people underestimate the amount of work that goes into a tool cheat. Fantastic job!

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#12 posted 01-14-2012 03:07 AM

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 01-14-2012 05:36 AM

I always like looking at these, well done.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#14 posted 01-14-2012 06:16 AM

Great home for your tools, Jesse.

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#15 posted 01-14-2012 06:53 AM

Nice job. I like projects that look great & function exactly as intended.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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