Dutch tool chest

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Project by JJohnston posted 157 days ago 932 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Dutch tool chest. It’s based on the larger of the Schwarz designs, widened enough to fit full-sized hand saws. As I was building it, it seemed really small; now that it’s together, it’s huge, and it still barely holds everything. There’s some organizing yet to do in the lower sections – a box for a plow plane & accessories, and some tool rolls for the chisels and spokeshaves. I think the best place for the drawknife is hanging on the fall front in the lower section.

It’s made from that odd plywood I reviewed a while back. Utility grade casework like this is the perfect use for it. Finish is Old Fashioned milk paint, Soldier Blue, 2 coats (I used this because I can get it locally), with BLO on top. The sides are hand dovetailed to the bottom (no pictures of that). The rest is screws per Schwarz.

Tool holders and tills are whatever maple and hickory scraps would work. The items on the floor (planes, mostly) are partitioned with poplar strips.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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#1 posted 155 days ago

Hey, this is great! I could really use a tool chest like this. I will have to add it to the “list” ha ha.
Thanks for sharing this one.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 152 days ago

Great looking tool chest! Like the design, every tool has its place and very nice color. I’m sure it will serve you well for a long time. Great job!

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#3 posted 152 days ago

I like it ,nice work.

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