Small Tool Chest

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Project by Andrew Duprey posted 04-13-2012 12:57 AM 2174 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small tool chest I made based on some traditional designs. It is made of pine with dovetail joint on the main box and the small removable till. I tea stained the raw wood and used milkpaint on the exterior and inside lid. All surfaces were then rubbed with butchers wax.

I will use this as a basis for a full sized future Tool Chest.


-- ~Drew~

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 01:17 AM

That’s really nice! I’m really interested in your finishing technique.

Can you tell us what the dimensions are?

Nice post!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 01:22 AM

Nice looking box.

-- Jeff,

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Andrew Duprey

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 01:41 AM

Thanks for the comments…

Glen, the dimensions are roughly 12”X24”x12”

Hand rubbing the butchers wax (beeswax and canuba are great as well) with steel wool give a bit of a distressed look and gives the milkpaint a much richer tone than it normally has.

Although you can’t see them well, the brass hasp and handles were also aged by using a blow torch to heat them up and patina them.

-- ~Drew~

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 01:00 PM

I really love the color scheme on this. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to seeing the full size version.

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

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 01:20 PM

very nice. Looks too good to be a tool chest. The wife would soon appropriate this for use as a blanket box.

-- Rod, London UK

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 01:33 PM

Beautiful finish colors, and yes, too good for a tool chest…

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 04:49 PM

Very nice box. You did a good job on it.


-- 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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#8 posted 04-14-2012 01:57 PM

Outstanding, you gotta be really proud of that one

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 04-14-2012 03:05 PM

Great looking tool chest very good work.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 02:27 AM

That is one. elegant. box. I liked your boozookee, er, dulcimer, but I love this box. What else are you gonna come up with?

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#11 posted 04-19-2012 02:22 AM

Beautiful chest!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#12 posted 04-20-2012 07:39 PM

Sharp looking tool chest, This design and look would suit a decorative box as well, very tasteful, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 05-05-2012 01:32 PM

The color cheme looks great.

What sources did you get your inspiration from?

I have the toolbox book and like a few in there. I built a small chest using a FWW plan mixed with the Schwarz trim ideas . Still have not painted or stained it. But this gives me some better ideas.

Great work!

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

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#14 posted 12-08-2012 08:03 PM

That’s a classy looking tool box! I’d almost be afraid to use it as such.

-- Barry

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