Tool Chest

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Project by Justin posted 10-17-2012 01:37 AM 3170 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tool chest out of birch with cherry accents. The drawers are all hand cut dovetail drawers. There’s rare earth magnets that hold the chisels in place while the lid is up and when you close the lid, a bar goes across the chisels with tabs that twist to hold it in place. In the back of the chest there is a slot for the square to slide down inside the chest (3rd picture). The front panel slides slides under the drawers when its open and it will lock into the lid when its closed.

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 02:00 AM

Really nice build

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 02:08 AM

Nice chest. Can I ask why you set the chisels with the blades up? Just curious.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 03:11 AM

Very nice! It looks like it will last forever!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 03:33 AM

Great job. You’ll enjoy this the rest of your life—may it be long and filled with many more outstanding projects.

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

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 03:39 AM

Well made sir and very clever on the chisel holding area!

Sprevratil – I thought the same, but saw the narex chisels in another frame. I have a similar set by that company and the bottoms have a smaller diameter section with a bezel, the author is probably using that in the dimple to register the chisels so that they don’t move. Probably overkill as I prefer chisels blade down too, however, if he were to use the case for moving, he wouldnt have to worry about the chisels going anywhere!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#6 posted 10-17-2012 03:54 AM

Nice tool chest. I like the square storage idea.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 10-17-2012 05:19 AM

Wow that’s a beauty

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 10-17-2012 08:53 AM

Sprevratil – I placed the chisels cutting edge up mainly just to make it easier to grab them. After I am done with a chisel it’s easy to just drop it back in place and the magnets help to line the chisels up. When the bar goes on and you close the lid, there is no movement in the chisels so I don’t have to worry about the chisels getting full of nicks.

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#9 posted 10-17-2012 08:55 AM

nice job.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#10 posted 10-17-2012 10:15 AM

A very fine lookin chest….... To be enjoyed for many years to come

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 01:47 PM

Hi Justin.

With the weight of that thing, those handles will kill your hands in no time if you have to move it. I’d suggest making wooden covers for the handhold portion of the handles, a simple dowel split in half with a goove down the center of both halves, then glue them back together over the handles. Much easier on the hands.


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

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#12 posted 10-17-2012 02:25 PM

Beautiful tool chest!

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#13 posted 10-17-2012 02:50 PM

very nice build. I like it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 10-17-2012 03:27 PM

Wow, that is beautiful.

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#15 posted 10-17-2012 04:37 PM

Nice looking tools chest!

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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