Machinist tool chest

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 2658 days ago 4800 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received an old machinist tool box from my grandfather after he got to were he couldn’t use it anymore and I liked it so well I reproduced another like it with a couple changes. I made this out of African ribbionstrip mahogany that was left over from a church trim job we did and I used Deft spray lacquer to finish it. Instead of using wood bottoms in the drawers I used 18 gage sheet metal to gain more space in the drawers. I used contact adhesive to hold them in place. This was one of those projects that I had to really had to make sure everything was just right or I would have been in real trouble.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 2658 days ago

On a scale of 10… you get a 10 1/2

That’s the stuff that put Gerstner on the map. And they sell theirs for about $1000.00

So how much time and money do you have invested in this item?

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#2 posted 2658 days ago

Really beautiful Rog. Another great piece. One question though, where’s the carving? Or is this a bit of a break for you?

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Roger Strautman

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#3 posted 2658 days ago

Obi, I made this about 18 years ago and at that time I probably had around $30.00 in the hardware and the wood was FREE! I think I spent around 2 weeks in the evenings and on the weekends.

Chip, this piece I made before I started the chip carving thing but I will have to admit that I have been eyeing it for sometime now and my knife keeps getting closer and closer.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 2658 days ago

gosh golly..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2658 days ago

Beautiful work

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#7 posted 2658 days ago

Wow. I have always wanted to make something like this. I can only imagine what the original piece from your grandfather must mean to you. My older brother has my Dad’s very first workbench that my Dad made. I have made him promise me that he will never throw it out (my brother is not a LumberJock, but he promises me he is taking good care of it.)

The Tool Chest is amazing. Way to go!!!

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#8 posted 2658 days ago


-- Jesus is Lord!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 2657 days ago

That’s one of the nicest tool chest’s I’ve ever seen. It looks like new yet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 2657 days ago

Great Toolchest Rog.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#11 posted 2655 days ago

Great job! I did a less-sophisticated version and I know how it hard it is to get everything lined up just right with that kind of drawer/slide combination.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 2654 days ago

This is definitely on my to do list! Fabulous!

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#13 posted 2639 days ago

So beautiful, it does still look new!!


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#14 posted 2639 days ago

Picture three says it all.

-- John

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