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Tool Chest "Old is New," One Year in the Making

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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 297 days ago 2501 views 7 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SPECS

Timeframe: Jul 2012 – Sep 2013

Wood Used: Reclaimed White Pine and Walnut, Misc. Other Woods from the Rack

Galoot Index: Maybe a 7 on a 10 point scale? Hard to recall, but it was much handwork but also RAS and tablesaw when I needed either of those.

Cost: $60 for the box, $41 for the four pairs of till pulls

NARRATIVE

Very long blog story that’s impossible to recap with six pictures and a project post, so if you’re a glutton for punishment, start here. And if there aren’t pictures, it’s a bandwidth limit within Photoshop; pls try again after the 13th of any month, sorry. Anyway, here’s the (very) abridged version…

- Bought a box at auction that I thought could be a toolchest; thought it might have been at one time.
- Totally dis-assembled the chest, repaired the dovetails and re-assembled.
- The bottom of the box was replaced
- Created top and bottom skirts, raised the chest with some framing as shown in Pic #3 above.
- Added wheels.
- Built a raised panel lid out of the old bottom boards
- Outfitted the the box with sliders for three tills, built those and a fourth vertical till based on an old chest diagram
- Added hardware in the form of ring pulls on the ‘three’ and recessed pulls on the saw till
- Stocked the chest with tools that should make it an effective repository and shop accessory.

More pics of the completed chest.

And the vertical saw till pulled out and set into the lid for access to a rip and crosscut saw. Also a small square.

I’ll be working it over re: contents for the next several months I’m sure, but it’s my intent to work out of the chest pretty seriously. That’s it, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive





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Airframer

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#1 posted 297 days ago

Very nice job as usual!

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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ShaneA

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#2 posted 297 days ago

Very nicely done. Can wheels be added? How many lbs would you guess equipped? Do you forsee the height being an issue? Still somewhat inquisitive about the tool chests I suppose.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 297 days ago

Wheels installed, rolls around very easily.

My son and I lifted it last week, he guesses 100lb but that’s a WAG. Height an issue? I guess not with me, but then I’m in the minority as one that isn’t bothered by reaching down to adjust the pin of my leg vise’s parallel guide.

;-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 297 days ago

Smitty, you did a miracle. That chest will be in you family for generations and I predict you’ll like working out of it. Taking tools and putting them back become a ritual almost. I have yet to misplace tools since I started with mine. Again kudos my friend.

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

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WayneC

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#5 posted 297 days ago

It is a really great journey. I’ve found I like working out of mine as well.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 297 days ago

Really nice work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 297 days ago

The experience of others using chests is encouraging, thanks!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 297 days ago

Great end result enjoyed the process
Worthy of your tools

Jamie

-- 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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mafe

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#9 posted 297 days ago

Congrat on the finishing of this wonderful chest.
Full of life and most of all full of you now.
Ohhh yes and lovely tools. ;-)
May it serve you well for the years to come.
Best thoughts,
Mda

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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BigRedKnothead

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#10 posted 297 days ago

More nostalgia. More awesomeness. Good stuff man.

-- Red -- "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." C.S. Lewis

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SamuelP

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#11 posted 297 days ago

Glad to see it finished. Great job.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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Don W

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#12 posted 297 days ago

Excellent rehab Smitty. You’ve got a well made vintage tool chest. A great addition to our shop.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 297 days ago

A job well done Smitty, congrats.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 297 days ago

Thanks, gents. It was a very long journey indeed, glad to see it completed myself! :-) I’m surprised it turned out this nice, actually.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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yuridichesky

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#15 posted 297 days ago

Great project, great result. The pull rings are really nice touch at the end. Congrats!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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