|Project by gusthehonky||posted 09-01-2008 08:33 AM||1937 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
A far cry from the finely made tool chests often featured here, this carpenters toolbox is built tough to withstand the abuse caused from daily use on job sites and storage in a work van. 3/4 sides, 1/2 top/bottom, o.d. 25×10x10, salvaged/scrap oak and maple cabinet grade ply.
A request from a GC friend who renovates/restores lower budgeted homes/apts. He is now my largest source for side work repairing/reproducing door, cabinets, trims, and moldings. I have built numerous styles of tool chests for myself, friends and customers over the years, the study of construction and history of these is a source of intrigue/enjoyment for me as a hobby.
Because of the increasing number of jobs he has been giving me, this one was built with better materials and methods than I usually would usually use for a daily job/van box. Rather than construction grade ply, cabinet grade was used. Edges were rabbeted, glued, and screws countersunk and plugged. Because the ply was scrap and salvaged from job work there were some flaws/scratches or dents. Luckily due to its intended use, these are concealed by my attempts at a distressed finish. The interior tills are supported by lengthwise runners, I let the owner pick size and material. This one has a three space tool bin angled and mitered, allowing increasing bin size, and shaped like a T, his initial. The smaller is for fastener/hardware storage. He requested no saw/level/square holders on the inside of the lid, instead preferring it to act a a shelf for tills, allowing full access to lower area. Hopefully this is not too poor an example of woodworking, the pictures were taken with the camera on my laptop, lighting and focal distance resulted with poor quality photos-my apologies.
-- Ciao, gth.