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Project by BloodAndSalt posted 381 days ago 2700 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I read Christopher Schwarz’s book and decided to build the chest. I’ve moved every other year for the last six, and needed something to carry all my tools in safely, the latest move was overseas and I don’t trust the movers to pack things well. The cool part was when the movers just wrapped the chest up in packing paper, tools and all inside, and put the hole thing in the crate. When it came out in Italy I was nervous, but all my tools were fine, just like I’d left them. Except my smoothing plane was upside down. I guess the boat hid rough seas on the way over.

I did disobey the book as the book suggest. Instead of pine, I used red oak for the carcass and only used pine for the trays, tills and lid panel. I wanted the added strength to stand up to moving overseas. I tried using milk paint for the first time and was not happy with the results. It looked good at the store, but I just couldn’t get the consistency I’m used too with regular paint, so I think I’ll repaint it black when I get back to the US. It took about 2 and half months worth of weekends and a week of leave but I got it done on time for the move.

This was my first real project after building my work bench (which I no longer have, thank you Navy). I used hand tools for most of the work, but I was luck to have the thickness planer I inherited. But that was about it. I don’t think power tools are practical for me at this stage in my life as the weight allowance I get every time I move along with the small housing would not allow for them. So I’m pretty much forced to be a hand tool only woodworker. I did learn a lot of skills that I had never thought to try by hand before(dovetailing, mortice and tenon joints, raised panelling,jointing).

I owe Mr. Schwarz a thank you for writing an excellent book, I couldn’t put it down. And also thanks to Roy Underhill and the Woodwright’s shop for all the episodes and demonstrating what I could not understand on my own.

Also if anyone knows anything about wood working in Italy, like were to find wood to work with, please message me in the comments.





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SirFatty

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#1 posted 381 days ago

I saw this box on The Woodwright’s Shop with Christopher Schwarz demonstrating it (two ADHD people talking over one another, tedious TV). I know that pine would be lighter, but it does not seem durable if it is to be moved around a lot. I guess you had the same thought. Especially the amount you are moving.

Nice work, I hope it gives you a lifetime of use!

-Dave

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 381 days ago

Excellent build. I really need to read the book.

Today: sharpening and book search.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 381 days ago

Nice build—I like your use of red oak for the carcass as pine can really get beat up even if it is the traditional wood of choice.

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

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RGtools

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#4 posted 381 days ago

Very nicely done. The good news is that you can get just about anything done with what is in that box.

The weight thing is an interesting issue. How do you plan to solve the workbench issue with that constraint?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 381 days ago

Greet looking tool chest an extra fine build.

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Bogeyguy

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#6 posted 380 days ago

The challenge will be when you return to the states. For some reason, things have a way of disappearing if not secured like a bank vault when they leave over seas.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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aussiedave

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#7 posted 380 days ago

Excellent tool chest, really like the stack of three boxes being able to slide them aside to get to the one underneath, great idea. The interior is very functional…Excellent job.

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

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crazicarl

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#8 posted 380 days ago

Looks great. This is one project that is high on my list. As far as the workbench goes, you might check out some of the knock a part benches people have posted. Still might not work with the weight allowance, but you never know. Have fun in Italy and thanks for your service. My dad was Navy.

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 380 days ago

Nice build. and you will have it for a lifetime. I love mine and its getting plenty of use.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Rick M.

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#10 posted 380 days ago

Nice work on the chest. Can you lift it?

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WayneC

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#11 posted 380 days ago

Very very nice. It will last generations.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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BloodAndSalt

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#12 posted 379 days ago

Rick M. I can’t get my arms far enough around it to lift it on my own. Two people can lift it easily when it’s empty. One of the movers lifted it wrapped up in packing paper and full of all the tools, by himself. He was bigger than me.

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theoldfart

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#13 posted 379 days ago

You must have light weight tools, two guys couldn’t lift mine! Must be wooden planes.:

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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