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Project by Steve Diogo posted 192 days ago 1602 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project: Dutch Tool Chest, a la Christopher Schwarz

Materials: Home center common pine; mahogany, aspen and poplar from my scrap bin for the small drawer unit; home center handles soaked in Kiwi-Strawberry Snapple, stainless screws soaked in vinegar. Reclaimed cut nails.

Finish: General Finishes Coastal Blue milk-paint, thinned 1 to 1.5 with water and a dollop of tung oil, followed by two coats of wipe on poly.

Galoot Index: I’ll give myself 85%. Used a power drill and dowel jig to attach the breadboards on the lid.

Joinery: Dovetails connecting sides to bottom. Fasteners otherwise.

This is what I consider to be my first “real” project beyond the pine farm table the chest is sitting on and some plywood bookshelves. Since I am new to woodworking and didn’t want to mess up with expensive wood, I stuck to inexpensive materials from the local home center and what I had lying around in the scrap bins. Worked without plans; figured out dimensions from watching Schwarz’s presentation of the chest on The Woodwright’s Shop and photos online. First project using dovetails. Particularly fun was working out ways to antique the hardware. Soaked zinc coated parts in Kiwi-Strawberry Snapple and stainless screws in vinegar. Biggest challenge was the saw till on the lid. Tried three different solutions before this one. Still need a way to keep the saws in place when moving the chest as they tend to slide when the lid is closed. Very pleased with the way everything turned out. Thanks to all the LJers in the Dream Tool Chest thread who helped out along the way.

More on the progress at chicagowoodworker.wordpress.com.

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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 192 days ago

Excellent work Steve. It already looks vintage. Hope it serves you well.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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MichaelT77

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#2 posted 192 days ago

Very nice work. I was trying to guess at the size judging by the 2-ft ruler. 32”x24”x 12” ? Is that about right?

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 192 days ago

Steve, it came out really well. Hope mine looks as good as yours when it’s done.

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

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Steve Diogo

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#4 posted 192 days ago

Thanks, guys. BigRed, decided to run with the vintage look since I was using pine and some things got a little beat up during the build.

Really close on the dimensions, Michael. They are:

Width: 32 1/2
Depth: 12 3/4
Front height: 15
Rear height: 22 3/8
30-degree pitch

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CL810

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#5 posted 192 days ago

I like this chest and some of the unique features. I think the drawer approach is very interesting. If/when I build another chest I’ll have to consider that. Never heard the Snapple idea before. I used citric acid for mine which was hard to find out of canning season.

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

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Steve Diogo

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#6 posted 192 days ago

cl, couldn’t find citric acid either, so I hit the drink aisle and looked for something that listed it in the ingredients. the kiwi-strawberry Snapple was the first one I found. Took about 8 hours of soaking to get the look I wanted.

Thanks for the favorite!

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siavosh

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#7 posted 192 days ago

Looks great, especially the color. I’m in the process of building a Japanese toolbox, but the aesthetics and dimensions of this look tempting also…maybe I’ll have to build both. Thanks for sharing.

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jdmaher

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#8 posted 192 days ago

Very nice. Great till fittings.

Gonna build me one of them . . .

Kiwi-Strawberry Snapple! Very interesting.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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BigDaddyO

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#9 posted 192 days ago

i noticed the saw holders don’t entirely surround the saw plates, so, i’m wondering how the saws stay in the holder when you close the lid.

-- www.bigdaddyoworkshop.com

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Steve Diogo

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#10 posted 192 days ago

Good eye, BD. Answer is, they don’t stay very well. I did a version 1 with enclosed holders but didn’t like that I had to pull the saws out the side as I have a pretty tight shop. I wanted to be able to lift them out the top. In my focus on solving that problem, I neglected to predict the sliding problem I was creating. Still working on a solution, which may involve a leather strap.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 192 days ago

Yes indeed, a very nice build!

The inside details look great, and you’ll solve the saw problem I’m sure.

Special nod to the use of the Galoot Index! :-)

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

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CL810

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#12 posted 192 days ago

Steve, the citric works considerably faster. Anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the zinc coating. In case you want citric acid in the future it is more available during canning season but my Ace Hardware store ordered it in for me for no extra charge.

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

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BenR

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#13 posted 191 days ago

Congrats on a nice build.

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MichaelT77

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#14 posted 191 days ago

I really admire this project. Unless this is meant to carry tools across the prairie, I could see adding casters so it could be moved around the shop from time to time. Again, nice work.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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crazicarl

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#15 posted 191 days ago

Very nice. Looking forward to making my own before much longer.

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