Dutch Tool Chest

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Project by Beorn posted 269 days ago 2415 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dutch tool chest from plans in Popular Woodworking magazine. The construction is white pine. No electricity was used in the construction of this tool chest other than that required for lighting my shop. This project was a great skill building exercise and it was also a lot of fun! This was my first try at dovetail joints and i’m pretty happy with the results. I finished the chest with old fashioned milk pain company “Lexington Green” and a rubbed in coat of minwax finishing wax. I dont own a plow plane so I cut the dados, grooves, rabbets and toung and groove joinery with a router plane and chisels. Note to self, buy a plow plane…

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley

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#1 posted 269 days ago

Nice work. Dovetails look great, especially for pine. Soft wood is harder to get good results the hard wood.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 269 days ago

Turned out really well and I even like the color.

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#3 posted 269 days ago

Nice, very nice. Great looking dovetails, well done, as well as the overall appearance of the painted chest. I like milk paint, adds a nice “antique” look to projects, and it improves with age.
Working with hand tools is very rewarding, and relaxing. I too like to try to use this method, but will admit to using power tools when it makes sense to me – such as ripping long boards on a table saw.
The monogram on the lid, stencil & paint?
In the first photo, looks like the chest is setting on a crafted bench, you do?
Thanks for showing.

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#4 posted 269 days ago

That looks very nice! I missed that plan, but You don’t mention which issue it was in. Very nice through out! As You can detect by My name, I am Dutch, I have seen My Grandfather’s, and My Great-grandfather’s, but both are traditional! It is the first I have seen of this type of box! Thanks for posting this, I will have to look it up, just to see what the story is behind it:) Again, I am very interested in learning more!

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#5 posted 269 days ago

That is a very nice job. The dovetails look great.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 269 days ago

It’s quite an attractive tool box and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 269 days ago

Very nicely done.

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

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#8 posted 269 days ago

Thanks everyone for the compliments.

Oldtool, yes I made the saw bench, thanks for noticing! I too use power tools when it makes sense to do so. But, I completed this project by hand as a sort of challenge to myself to see if I could do it.

olddutchmand1, thank you! I made this chest from an article authored by Chris Schwarz in the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking magazine. I’m not sure where the chest got its name, but it fit my needs so I built it.

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley

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#9 posted 268 days ago

Great work Beorn. And the DTs are incredible for a first attempt. If you haven’t already, check out this thread, What Does Your Dream Toolbox Look Like ?

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

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#10 posted 31 days ago

Very nice! Love the paint scheme and the stencil. I may end up making one of these, instead of the larger English style chest.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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