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Project by Mike Ogden posted 08-20-2012 02:55 PM 3939 views 18 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Toolchest. Made of walnut, maple, african mahogany, and poplar. about 100 hand-cut dovetails. Finished with a washcoat of shellac and then 2 coats waterlox, with a shoe-polish wax over. Inside is finished with shellac and wax.

See more work at my website and my blog.

-- Mike Ogden,

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#1 posted 08-20-2012 03:00 PM

Very nice. I have been in need of one of these for a while, just havent had the time yet. I like your set up and colors.

-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#2 posted 08-20-2012 03:11 PM

Nice !!!!

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

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#3 posted 08-20-2012 03:32 PM

Very, very nice. Beautiful.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 08-20-2012 04:33 PM

Nicely coordinated walnut – beautiful chest !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 08-20-2012 08:42 PM

Your tool chest is impeccable beauty.

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#6 posted 08-20-2012 11:26 PM

what a great come back mike..i would love to see the tools you have inside of it…...i know your not one to house cheap tools in there…i know they teach better then that where your going to school…am i right or what…very nice…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 11:39 PM

Is that an NBSS chest?

Very nice!

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#8 posted 08-21-2012 02:23 AM

That’s too nice to be in a shop!

-- Ryan

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#9 posted 08-21-2012 03:42 AM

Beautiful chest. I’m afraid I’d have junk stacked on top of it in a few days if it were in my shop. I just can’t keep a tidy workspace.

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Mike Ogden

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#10 posted 08-21-2012 03:52 AM

There is plenty of junk on top. Planes, files, etc. The front is all scratched now from putting chisels away. Its just a functional piece now.

-- Mike Ogden,

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 08-21-2012 09:41 AM

Looked through your projects. Very nice work. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 08-21-2012 12:40 PM

That’s a gorgeous tool chest! Very nice job. I had just built one myself out of curly cherry for my father as a gift. I used tommy mac’s tool chest design and love it! I now have 100 bd ft of curly black walnut to build one for myself!

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#13 posted 08-22-2012 10:52 AM

Hi Mike.

First, welcome to LJ’s, the nuthouse for those addicted to wood working. I think you will feel right at home here if this is any indication of your work.

Does this have a front cover to enclose the drawers to protect them? It sort of looks like it from the recessed drawer fronts.

I’ll bet you find it’s too small very soon if you haven’t already. Murphy’s third law says a tool box will always be fifty percent smaller than needed within a day of its completion.

Very nice looking toolbox.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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