NBSS/Tommy Mac Tool Chest

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Project by rdwile posted 01-10-2013 12:51 AM 7502 views 34 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been on my must build list for a while. I have viewed Tommy Mac videos's a few times, but I did not fully understand what was involved. Then I got a chance to meet Tommy and handle the Tool Chest in person at WIA in November. This helped me to fully understand what was involved in building this chest.

I have written a couple of blog entries describing the build in more detail.

The Chest is Cherry and the pulls are cast iron, and the drawers are lined with green leather. The carcase is made from a single board to give continuous grain around the box. The project was featured in the Dec 2012 Popular Woodworking; I did not follow those plans too closely as I built the box the size I wanted, l altered the drawer layout and built the insides to fit the box I built.

I am very please with how this turned out, it will have a place of honour on my bench for many years to come.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 12:54 AM

You certainly gave those gorgeous tools a beautiful home. Well done!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 01:28 AM

It would make a great piece of living room furniture. Those tools are beautiful.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-10-2013 01:54 AM

The tools are equal in beauty to the chest. Love the grain continuity : ) Good hardware choice as well.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-10-2013 02:19 AM

Great looking tool chest Richard.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-10-2013 02:55 AM

what a build

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 03:46 AM

Heirloom for sure

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#7 posted 01-10-2013 06:18 AM

an awesome looking chest!

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#8 posted 01-10-2013 09:18 AM

A beautiful piece of work here. Well done. Are the small mitre planes in pic 4 from Bill Carter?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 01-10-2013 11:17 AM

Very nice indeed

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 11:54 AM

Thanks for the kind words folks, yes Jim I have two of Bill Carter’s tenon saw planes. I wrote a blog entry with some nice photos a while back.

Have a look here.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#11 posted 01-10-2013 01:11 PM

Very nicely done—a heirloom fo sure.

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

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#12 posted 01-10-2013 02:45 PM

Leather lined drawers, thats classy. You did a fantastic job and anyone would be proud to own such a fantastic chest and collection of tools. Right in the favorite box.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#13 posted 01-10-2013 03:31 PM

Great and sturdy build on the tool chest. Gave justice to the beautiful and well used tools you have in there.


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#14 posted 01-10-2013 04:07 PM

You guys are killing me with this awesome shop stuff. I really need to start making stuff to bring IN the house, but there are so many good ideas lately.

This chest is awesome


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#15 posted 01-10-2013 04:11 PM

I hope you signed it and dated it as it’ll be in your family for generations

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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