Woodsy Tool Chest

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Project by revwarguy posted 03-14-2013 06:40 PM 4410 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You know those multi drawer tool chests that go for $500 and up? Here is one I built
for under $100 to house my wood working tools and make more room for my machinist
tools. Lots more info and photos at if you are curious.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 06:42 PM

Very nice tool chest. It’s a wonderful place for your tools. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 06:56 PM

Thats an amazing tool chest I saw the detailing on
very impressive.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 07:06 PM

Very nice. My kind of tool chest.

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 07:07 PM

How did you build something so nice for less than $100???

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 07:58 PM

Well, gulp, I did have some of the materials on-hand. The large drawer bottoms are some 1/4 inch pegboard I had left over. The brass knobs I also had leftover from a kitchen remod. Much of the oak trim was also from the cutoff box. I did buy one full sheet of oak veneer plywood, and a 1/2 inch sheet of birch plywood for the drawers. Lots of the hardware I got pretty cheaply on-line.

In any event, I think you could make it for less than $150 if you had to buy everything.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 09:39 PM

That’s a very cool one! Nicely built. Very functional.

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 11:31 PM

Nice work, if I had such a box and someone breathed on this wrong, maybe left a vapor mark they might not breath through their mouth again. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 03-15-2013 12:34 AM

Very nice!

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#9 posted 03-15-2013 04:34 AM

Great-looking storage for your tools! Thanks for sharing.


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#10 posted 03-15-2013 09:30 AM

Nice work

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 09:57 AM

Very nice touch with the cnc work, makes it pop, seen those same pla s not long ago and also some plans in wood magazine too for sonething similar. One of many projects i need yo get around to doing. Thanks gor some more inspiration :)

-- Justin - the tugboat woodworker - " nothing changed me like the first shnick from a well sharpened, decent hand plane"

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#12 posted 03-15-2013 12:24 PM

Looks good enough to be in the local library.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#13 posted 03-15-2013 03:30 PM

I can’t believe you made such a beautiful chest so economically. Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 03-15-2013 05:19 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Very nice chests. You must have a cheap source for drawer slides too… I checked out your CNC too – very cool. from your website – you have some great hobbies.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#15 posted 03-16-2013 02:21 PM

One of the nicest pieces I have seen. Great job!

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