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Project by yuridichesky posted 174 days ago 2351 views 16 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are lots of great tool-chests here on LJ, each one of them is a good motivation to build your own. Especially when you really need one. At the moment all my tools are either thrown all over the place in the shop or stored in some smaller or larger boxes and bags. In either case it takes time to find the tool and reach for it. Also an empty space under the benchtop just asked to fill it with some useful stuff. And so I decided to build chest of drawers to fit it under the benchtop.

My wood of choice for the build was pine. I bought 3/4” thick pine laminated panels wide enough to make a carcase and larger drawer, smaller drawers were addressed with plain pine boards of the same thickness. Jumping ahead I have to say that those laminated panels turned to be complete disaster as construction material: too soft, tend to split, not to say that “grain direction” term just didn’t apply. On the other hand I didn’t need to mess with gluing boards into panels by myself, so let’s say it’s “something to gain, something to lose” kind of situation.

Anyway, here’s the beginning:

The carcase joinery is DT:

And that’s an example of the problems with laminated panels that followed me all the build – see how wood was crumbling no matter how sharp my chisels were:

Besides the DT the carcase needed some extra work – the dadoes for drawer slides to increase drawers capacity:

Here’s how I did it on the chest walls:

The drawers joinery are DT at the back and through tenons at the front:

Ready to glue up:

Gluing the carcase – not enough clamps literally, so rope and blocks instead (worked like a champ btw):

Gluing smaller drawers – with the clamps this time:

Gluing larger drawer – clamps and rope:

Some DT porn is a must I guess :-)

Carcase ready:

Fitting the drawer in:

Drawers pulls were kind of the challenge. I wanted ring pulls but I had no such pulls around. Solution: purchased welded rings and small bolts and forged them together:

My forging toolset:

Pull completed (notice a recess cut on the nut and a screwdriver ground accordingly):

and installed:

All the drawers in place:

Full extension just exactly as I wanted:

Finish applied (4 coats of water-based poly):

Ready for use:

Drawer #1 (counting from top) – chisels, screwdrivers, awls, some small items:

Drawer #2 – metalworking tools mostly:

Drawer #3 – files (surprisingly many of them):

Bottom drawer – planes (some partitions yet to be installed):


Thank you for looking!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#1 posted 174 days ago

Superb craftsmanship!
Very nice..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#2 posted 174 days ago


Nice craftsmanship! Looks like you’ve been pretty busy. I like what you did to make the pull rings – Did you use a butane torch? Is that what I see in the pictures? I’d like to know more about how you forged that bolt onto the ring.

Again, nice work!


-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#3 posted 174 days ago

Jordan, thank you!

Matt, thanks a lot!
Yes, I used pen-size torch (black cylinder of the picture) to heat the metal. First I cut heads off the bolts. Then heated end of the bolt until dark red and hammered it to turn cylinder into flat bar. Then heated this flat part again, clamped ring into the vise and wrapped this flat end of the bolt around the ring using hammer. Didn’t take any picture during this forging because had to do it quick enough while betal was hot.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#4 posted 174 days ago

Very impressive build, great craftsmanship

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 174 days ago

Nice job, way to make things work!

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#6 posted 173 days ago

Congratulations, Yura! Owsome build and great story. And I should by that curved saw for making dados.

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#7 posted 173 days ago

I’m glad you guys liked my tool-chest, thank you!

Sergey, believe it or not but I made that azebiki saw just for this project from one of my old cross-cut saws. I have to say that despite my lousy sharpening it did the job very nicely, highly recommend it especially if you’re aiming for real one.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#8 posted 173 days ago

This is a very fine and detailed build Yuri. Thnx for the nice walk along tour of it coming together. I really like your drawer pulls. Fantastic!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#9 posted 173 days ago

Great joinery, Yuri. Making me jealous! :)
Love the drawer pulls…

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

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#10 posted 173 days ago

Yuri that is some great craftsmanship on display!! It was a blast watching this build in the Dream Toolbox thread. I really like the pulls, DTs, through tenons,.... Ya, I pretty much like all of it!

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

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#11 posted 173 days ago

Yuri, your clamping solution was ingenious, especially along the diagonals. Really fine build, should serve you well over the years.

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

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#12 posted 173 days ago

Wow man! All kinds of personalized, customized aspects of this build. It’s fun watch you work. Be proud of this one.

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

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#13 posted 173 days ago

Not sure how many ”wows!” this will get but I’d like to add another! WOW! Those pulls are amazing and I really like the walk through on the build.

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#14 posted 173 days ago

Nicely done. It will make a wonderful addition to your shop.

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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#15 posted 173 days ago

That is some great work man! I looks fantastic

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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