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Project by Bill Lattanzio posted 213 days ago 3904 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chest based off of the Dutch Tool Chest design. The case itself is made of Birch Plywood, with the lid and drop front panel made of white spruce. The case sides/back/ and shelves are joined with dados and cut nails. Strap hinges for the lid were ordered from Lee Valley along with the side handles. The front is held with a hasp and lockable turn, though in the photos I have just a basic latch installed temporarily. The top compartment has a small rack to hold some basic tools as well as a holder for my combination square. The front compartment is wide enough to hold a #7 jointer and #4 smoother back to back. Total build time was roughly 10 hours. Presently there is not a finish, though I may paint it.

-- Bill L, PA, www.confusedwoodworker.wordpress.com I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 213 days ago

Nice tool chest. I think it’s great when woodworkers build their own tool boxes,chest, or whatever. They fit their own needs. Thanks for sharing.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#2 posted 213 days ago

Very nice chest. Looks like it is a big space saver as well.

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 213 days ago

Plenty of room for growth! If I had a vote, I’d vote to paint it.

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#4 posted 212 days ago

This is really nice. Im sure you will get alot of use out of it

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 212 days ago

Nice work, saw this in an article last month and thought about building it as well…. Enjoy!

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

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theoldfart

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#6 posted 212 days ago

Bill, good job. You might want to post this on the dream toolbox thread.

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 212 days ago

Nice nd looks very handy.

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RexMcKinnon

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#8 posted 212 days ago

Simple but very nice. Maybe add a magnetic tool holder in the lid for things like chisels might be a good idea.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Manitario

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#9 posted 212 days ago

A nice alternative to the traditional tool chest.

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#10 posted 212 days ago

Very nice. I really like this design.

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Bill Lattanzio

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#11 posted 212 days ago

Thanks for the compliments. I only wish I posted a photo with the new front latch on. I’ll have to do that later on. It was a fun and straightforward project, and it holds a boatload of tools. Best thing, it only cost around $150 in wood and hardware.

-- Bill L, PA, www.confusedwoodworker.wordpress.com I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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#12 posted 212 days ago

Very cool….I’ll have to shamelessly copy that design.
Only suggestion would be to figure out a way to attach/store that backsaw (on the lower shelf) to the underside of the lid.

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Rick Dennington

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#13 posted 212 days ago

Stellar job on the tool chest….Nice build…...!!!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Sergio

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#14 posted 210 days ago

That´s a great chest. Just one question comes to my mind: Why is the top angled? And one idea: What if it opened to the front making a working surface? hmmm…

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Bill Lattanzio

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#15 posted 210 days ago

Thanks for the comments and the compliments. As far as the chest lid being angled, I’m not exactly sure why the original has an angled lid. The lid angle does allow the front compartment to have a nice amount of depth and at the same time makes it easy to access without reaching down. The other theory is that the lid was used as a drafting surface on job sites. Most of the originals have a 30 degree angle; I made mine at 35 degrees because I thought it looked a bit nicer. A 30 degree lid would probably serve a little better if being used as a drafting table. I’m in the process of building another one of these chests but it will be smaller, about the size of a large tool box. I am planning on using a 30 degree angle for that project because it will give me a deeper front compartment. When it gets finished I’ll post some photos.

-- Bill L, PA, www.confusedwoodworker.wordpress.com I don't believe in isms, I just believe in me.

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