Tool Chest

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Project by duosonicdave posted 09-19-2013 02:50 AM 2373 views 7 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this tool chest as a college graduation present last Summer for my oldest son. Mostly solid red oak with some oak plywood for drawer parts. First time attempting half-blind dovetails (with a router jig) for the back. Learned some things along the way and might do another sometime down the road. The fun part is that it’s already being put to good use as he loves to work on customizing his bike and keeps his tools in it! :-)

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 02:52 AM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 02:52 AM

Outstanding job—looks great!

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

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 03:24 AM

Great looking tool chest. A well deserving gift.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.



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#4 posted 09-19-2013 07:02 AM

excellent design and execution. What a loveable finish you gave it. Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 09-19-2013 08:30 AM

Great job, I have been really thinking of making one as well. What kind of plans you use… I need to start working on some plans on Google Sketch Up… Great work….

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

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 12:44 PM

Was flipping through the channels the other day and saw an episode of the Woodsmith Shop where they were building a simular tool chest outta birch plywood with a veneer covering. I am thinking if those guys saw yours, they might pull that episode…fantastic job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 03:04 PM

Great looking tool chest…..Stellar job on the build…..If I didn’t already have one, I might try this style….

I’m with BusterB….I too saw that episode, and both are really nice, but I believe I would give yours a 2-thumbs up….or maybe even 3…....Keep up the good work, and ‘preciate the post….............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " I don't makes my coffee spill...."



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#8 posted 09-19-2013 03:13 PM

Are the lining inside, paint or some fabric. Do share some more details


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#9 posted 09-19-2013 03:27 PM

This is a fine tool chest and a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 03:56 PM

Excellent tool chest. Even the felt job looks outstanding. Love it

-- Marty, Ohio

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#11 posted 09-19-2013 04:03 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments and words of encouragement!

Ken90712 – I didn’t really have a plan per se that I worked from. I just got the exterior dimensions from and made up the rest as I went along.

Bakthavathsal Kadambi – the lining is the “peel and stick” variety you can buy in rolls from Woodcraft:

Thanks again, LJ’s! :-)

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 04:26 PM

Sweet little chest.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 04:57 PM

Very nice half-blinds. This chest will serve you well.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 05:45 PM

great job

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 09:39 PM

I love the concept. Very masterfully done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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