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Tool box/chest in Walnut and Maple

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Project by Ollie posted 07-06-2012 03:09 PM 3194 views 20 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new toolbox. I made a chisel holder and the drawers to this toolbox a while ago (see previous post).
But I was not sure on the design for the outer case. I decided on this Canadian hard Maple and American black Walnut, it is a classic combination and I like the contrast.

I used one board for the front to match the grain on all the drawers from top to bottom, which I am quite pleased with.

Because I could not find very wide maple, I joined 2 boards together and made sure the best grain was at the top centre.

I decided to go for hand cut dovetails on the case corners as practice makes perfect, and I certainly needed some practice.
The dovetails took a lot of concentration and care, also time. They are not perfect but not too bad either.
I cut the joints with a Japanese back saw and Oire Nomi chisels.

The Drawers are on nice ball bearing slides which I chose as they work smoothly and allow me to fully extend the drawers.

I made 3 or 4 test handles before settling on this design, first i routered out a stopped cove on the back of a board before cutting each piece off and rounding over the top. I needed to make sure there was a flat big enough to securely screw them in from the back.

I finished the toolbox with OSMO oil rubbing with a 1000 grit webbing pad.

Now I just need to make more partitions and work out where to put what.

Ollie

-- Ollie, UK.





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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 07-06-2012 03:13 PM

Looks Pretty Good to me !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 03:16 PM

Awesome grain choices with the walnut drawer fronts. Box looks terrific, dovetails a great touch, congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 03:19 PM

Wow this looks like fine furniture not a tool chest,Beautiful and fine work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 04:21 PM

Fantastic craftsmanship!

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#5 posted 07-06-2012 04:33 PM

Wonderful indeed! Only thing I would point out is that if you were to add a handle to lift it (rather uncertain to me as this beast might weight quite a bit), you’d have your dovetails on the wrong end!

Anyway, looks good and functional!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 07-06-2012 06:21 PM

Nice tool chest! Sorta reminds me of a Snap-On mid chest.
I think I would put a handle on each side to make moving it easy.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#7 posted 07-06-2012 06:56 PM

A craftsman and his tools .. well done!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 07-06-2012 07:02 PM

Very nice.
I love the simplicity and jewelry box finish. The chizel handles will have to be just as nice.

Should be a nice set. I would love to see a picture with all the tools in it.

You could also install a natural leather faux suede in the drawer bottoms. It can be tucked into the loose dado on the sides and keeps the tools from rolling around or damaging the drawer bottom. Plus, it looks really cool.

I like it.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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#9 posted 07-06-2012 07:28 PM

That is awesome.

-- Tim- http://www.asliceofwoodworkshop.com; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/asliceofwood

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#10 posted 07-06-2012 09:23 PM

You put TOOLS in that chest? That is some beautiful work.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 07-07-2012 01:08 AM

Beautiful! Great job.

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#12 posted 07-07-2012 02:26 AM

Very very nice.

-- Craig http://www.wouldworking.com

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#13 posted 07-07-2012 02:43 AM

Tis a real beauty. I like that wood combo. Super nice. Top-3 good wishes too

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#14 posted 07-07-2012 02:57 AM

Dove tails are North bennet quality!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#15 posted 07-07-2012 03:26 AM

Well done Sir. Walnut and maple… Truly classic. Heirloom quality!

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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