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Project by David posted 07-17-2013 12:52 AM 4488 views 11 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a toolchest design I have been wanting to build for awhile now. My last three workshop projects, this chest, the workbench and sawhorses have all been Christopher Schwarz designs. I used shop scrap to put this chest together,birch plywood sides, cherry and poplar panels, pine bottom and back. The top is a maple panel with poplar frame. I’m just starting to arrange interior, mostly hand tools in top section and power tool storage in bottom. I plan to use this chest to carry most things needed for installs and away from home projects. The finish is medium distressing with a dye stain, spray stain,washcoat, glaze with low sheen topcoat. I’ts more of a furniture type finish, who says shop projects can’t look good anyway. I’m sure I will upgrade my handtools as I go along, so the open design can be changed easily.

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CL810

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 12:58 AM

Great tool chest!

Join the discussion over in the Dream Tool Box thread.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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theoldfart

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 01:12 AM

Really well done, so now you have to show pics of the bench and sawhorses. Looking forward to seeing them.
In addition to CL810 advice also check out this http://lumberjocks.com/topics/31539

Edit, just found your workbench post, impressive

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Don W

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 01:18 AM

what are the notches in the bottom shelf for? What hold the front door on? It looks great!

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dpow

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 01:23 AM

Nice looking tool chest, David. In my opinion, one of the more practical mobile chest on this site. I like how the tool storage area is up off the ground and easier to access. I also took a look back at your workbench you mentioned; also very nice and practical too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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David

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 01:27 AM

The front panel is held on with two battens that slide down thru bottom of upper compartment thru shelf and behind bottom apron to lock it in place. Just lift out battens from upper compartment to unlock front panel.

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aussiedave

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 02:36 AM

What a great tool chest, lots of storage space…very cool.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 07-17-2013 05:14 AM

Excellent work.

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#8 posted 07-17-2013 09:11 AM

Great job and fun build. Nice to have everything in place.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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albachippie

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#9 posted 07-17-2013 10:01 AM

Great job. Love that design. Would work great in my shop setup.

Thanks for posting it,

Garry

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scotterman

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#10 posted 07-17-2013 12:25 PM

Great project. Enjoyed your pictures.

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#11 posted 07-17-2013 01:20 PM

Nice idea…great job.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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TDog

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#12 posted 07-17-2013 03:15 PM

NIce…...
the stain is a great look and the frame and panel lid makes it

-- "So many projects...so little time..." Psalm 23

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Tim

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#13 posted 07-17-2013 05:10 PM

Power tool storage in the bottom?!!! Outta da club now! Just kidding, that’s really nice. The top looks great and you’ve done a good job of making the different woods look great together.

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#14 posted 07-17-2013 06:35 PM

Nice design. Looks like it has a ton of storage.

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Scott

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#15 posted 07-17-2013 08:03 PM

Nice job!

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