Tool Chest - Anarchist's Style

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Project by kenn posted 04-07-2014 12:56 PM 2297 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a tool chest! It’s helped me refine my dovetail procedure to the point that I am very pleased with my process. The primary wood is butternut with Tried & True finish. The interior is fitted with cherry that I finished with shellac. The tills are tiger maple that I finished with a three stage dye process and garnet shellac. The lock and hinges are hand forged by Peter Ross. The ring pulls I ordered from Lee Valley. I think the pictures are self explanatory but they are:

1. Overall exterior view
2. Dovetails, left side
3. Lock, key and lambs tongue lift cutout
4. Tills, in position
5. Interior view
6. Tills and ring pulls

I mostly use hand tools in my work but I do use the table saw for rip cuts and a thickness planer. The sides were too big for the planer so they were hand planed to is on casters. It measures 41”w x 26 1/2”d x 28”h. Although I didn’t blog the build, I will put a blog up soon on loading in the tools. Thanks for looking!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 12:59 PM

Wow, beautifully done, Kenn! Can’t wait to see it full of tools.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 02:11 PM

Whoa—awesome! That’s the best way, though, to really master dovetails—build some chest that requires a ton of them. I did about the same # with a Pennsylvania Spice Cabinet.

Beautiful job!!!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 02:13 PM

You did fine job on this chest and it will be a great 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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#4 posted 04-07-2014 02:41 PM

Beautiful workmanship and such a grand tool chest,you can be proud of this and use this for years to come.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 02:53 PM

I was digging it, but then I saw the drawers. Wow.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 03:52 PM

Really awesome workmanship….

way over my head

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 04:00 PM

I know it seems excessive to use cherry as the secondary wood, fitting out the interior, but I live in Pennsylvania. Cherry is easy to get here and some was free. The tiger maple does add a bit of “Wow!” But I like seeing it when I open up the chest, plus that tiger was less than $5 bf. thanks for all the comments.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 04:52 PM

Very nice work. Would doubt that Chris Schwarz would approve of the ‘Anachrist’s style’ though, when clearly LJ meant ‘Anarchist’. It grabbed my eye…

-- Brian Sickles, New Jersey

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 05:08 PM

That is really cool. Great job and love the craftsmanship

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 06:04 PM

Oops, I’ll try to correct auto correct Brian.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#11 posted 04-08-2014 12:08 AM

Beautiful! Nice job.

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#12 posted 04-08-2014 01:10 AM

Beautiful job Ken!
I gotta ask- in picture 4, under the set of drawers, are one light colored pieces lined up like teeth. What’s hiding under there??

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 04-08-2014 11:08 PM

Wow! Gorgeous toolbox Kenn!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#14 posted 04-08-2014 11:10 PM

H&R / beading planes is my guess, Lew.

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

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#15 posted 04-09-2014 12:52 AM

I still think the ATC is foolish, but damn you sure made a pretty one.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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