Craftsman’s Pride Tool Chest

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Project by FJPetruso posted 04-05-2008 03:39 AM 2933 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased the plans for this tool chest off of this internet site. >>>> <<<< The plans are easy to follow. I made the chest from left over oak that we were using in the garage at work to make stake sides for large delivery trucks. I used different drawer pulls & put a key lock on the door instead of a magnetic catch & a knob. I also changed the top & made it with bread-board ends. Then I figured that if I was locking the bottom I should lock the drawers too. So I shortened the drawers by about an inch & made loops for locking rods to engage. Then I made a mechanical linkage out of oak & brass rods to engage the loops on the back of the drawers. When the door is closed it pushes on a spring loaded wedge that lifts a lever to move the rods up into the drawer loops.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 03:53 AM

Classic design, well done sir.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 03:53 AM

That is a cool chest. Nice job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 04:28 AM


That is a classic tool chest. At one time craftsmen used their toolchests as a form of testament to their skill level. You have done well here. The construction of this one speaks volumes about your woodworking skills.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 04:48 AM

Very nice tool chest, I like the shine, well done

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 04:54 AM

Great deal with the locking drawers.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 10:10 AM

Great looking unit. You did a nice job on it.

god Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 04-05-2008 06:53 PM

Almost too nice to be a tool chest, very well done. mike

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 08:32 PM

A very cozy place for the tools. Very nice.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 04-06-2008 01:15 AM

Frank, Looks great. Good plan on making the whole unit lock.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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