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Project by Sawdust4Blood posted 03-12-2012 04:35 AM 2310 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Like many of the woodworkers I know, my collection of tools long ago outgrew my capacity to put them away in any semblance of order. At the same time, unlike most my high school shop class did not include making a tool box. This seemed like a great opportunity to resolve both problems at the same time.

This rolling chest is 5 feet wide and 4 feet tall. There are 16 drawers on roller glides with each drawer being 29 inches wide and 21 inches deep. I would have preferred a solution that would combine storage and work surfaces but we rent the house we’re in so building permanent wall cabinets with work bench tops wasn’t an option. Since I work in a garage that has to also be a garage when I’m not making sawdust, the ability to roll the entire chest to the area I am working in works well for me.

The carcass is 3/4 inch maple plywood with a maple face frame. The drawers are 1/2 baltic birch ply boxes with a poplar drawer face. Because of all the weightthat will be inside, the carcass is both rabbited/glued and screwed and I added some additional vertical ribs under the cross shelves to increase rigidity.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 04:38 AM

Thats a nice unit, should be lots of storage in that. Good job!

-- - Martin

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 08:20 AM

Very practical, great job. Is it full? Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 01:29 PM

Great looking tool box. I prefer storage on wheels rather than built ins -you can use that wherever you live.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 01:54 PM

Well done, looks great. A real good solution for storing your tools.

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

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 03:19 PM

Thanks everyone.

@Doug: yes, it was pretty much full on completion :)

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 11:50 PM

Massive, impressive, I like it

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 03-14-2012 10:02 AM

I’ve been considering something like this.

Do you have any construction pictures to show the bracing?

What kind of weight are the casters rated for and where did you get them?

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#8 posted 03-17-2012 02:54 AM

@screwge: Sorry but I just kind of built this on the fly and didn’t take any pics during the process but think I-beam from left to right under the bottom of the cabinet. The casters are heavy duty swivel casters that I’ve had laying around for a couple of years since I bought a bunch at a big clearance sale. I know that’s not much help but good luck with yours and if any questions or problems come up, I’d be happy to offer any help that I can.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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