The Toolchest of My Dreams

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Project by RGtools posted 12-23-2013 02:12 PM 3043 views 12 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was going to do a whole photo shoot for this project, but it seems more appropriate to take pictures of it in its natural habitat. In the first shot I had it positioned there because I needed a bit more space to work on the bench build I am currently doing.

That’s the first thing I love about this chest…mobility. No you can’t take it to a job site each day, but that is not what it is meant to do. That being said, being able to get this out of your way when you need more space is a very nice feature.

The biggest thing is it keeps the dust and the spiders off of my tools.

Yes I did read The Anarchist’s Toolchest, and posting this without mentioning that would be unfair to Mr. Schwarz, who added a great deal of research to my own on this build. The book is not going to convince you to build a chest (I was already planing on this style), but it will give you some good points to ponder on your construction should you decide to build one. One point of my own that I will add, if you can manage to have the joints of the panels fall on the tails for the tailboard, and the pins for the pinboard, you will be building a chest that will outlast your glue based on mechanical interlock.

I would write more, but I should probably just do a blog about the build. So I guess that means, back to work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 12-23-2013 02:18 PM

Great chest Ryan. It will serve you well. Nice DTs.

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

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 02:20 PM

Very nice Ryan. Beautiful job.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 02:29 PM

That came out very nice! What finish did you ultimately decide on?

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#4 posted 12-23-2013 02:37 PM

That is one nice box there. It is going to be a great asset to you.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 02:37 PM

Top level craftsmanship and a fine looking tool chest RG!

Excellent dove tails my friend.

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 02:40 PM

Really great work sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 02:57 PM

Awesome chest, Ryan. One of my favorites!
DT’s looking tight…

I also follow The Schwartz…building a version of his birch ply tool chest now. Do you have plans to paint your exterior? I sure hope not! It’s a gorgeous chest!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 03:16 PM

Ryan, that is a marvelous piece of work and of workmanship.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#9 posted 12-23-2013 03:18 PM

That tool chest will be a great addition to your shop. Congratulations.

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 12-23-2013 03:31 PM

Ryan, ya done good boy! I have to add a third hinge like yours, having trouble getting the lock to engage. The finish is just right and I will follow suit.

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

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#11 posted 12-23-2013 03:31 PM

Super work, Ryan. I love it. Very roomy and well-stocked. And a hearty ‘ditto’ on mobility. I love rolling my toolchest out and then away as needed. It’s tough to get everything inside that is reached for on a regular basis, but I’m getting there.

The look is great, good call not painting it!

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

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#12 posted 12-23-2013 03:39 PM

Very nice tool chest good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 12-23-2013 04:34 PM

Congrats. Very nice dovetail work.

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

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#14 posted 12-23-2013 04:51 PM

Really well done Ryan. It looks great.

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#15 posted 12-23-2013 05:04 PM

Very nice

-- Robert in middle TN

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