Modify a Blanket Chest into a tool box???

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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 12-24-2013 04:22 AM 1880 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2013 04:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tool box pine

Over the years, I have made plenty of Blanket Chests/Toy Boxes.

Wondering out loud IF one could be modified into a hand tool chest? Maybe have a few drawers added to the bottom, ala the Dutch did?

The top “drawer” on this one is a fake, only the bottom two work. Maybe add a few more levels of drawers? Saw till in the lid? Plane till inside the top? Wood could even be just good old pine? Maybe scrounge enough Barn wood to make a chest, again?

Like this one? Used to be old rafters in a “Carriage House/Garage” that fell down. Reclaimed lumber might work, IF I can find enough. if not, well, I have made over 130 chests-of-drawers using just common pine…

Looking more for a few ideas…..

Notes: Have about 10 handsaws to put away, mostly in the Panel saw sizes. 22 hand planes, but all but one is under 18” long. Nice drawer full of chisels, and enough other stuff to fill a few drawers. Mainly, this will house the handtools of the Dungeon Shop, already have places for the powered stuff…

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 02:09 PM

I think you could definitely do this and would be worthwhile. One idea that comes to mind is check out the tool chest of Benjamin Seaton. Good luck

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#2 posted 12-25-2013 02:29 PM

The only real difference between the 2 are the inside trays/tills. It seems like a fairly easy conversion to me.

I restored what was said to be my great great grandfathers tool box that my wife uses like a blanket chest. It had no interior try’s, so it works well.

Just make some trays and tills, add some slides and you’re good to go.

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#3 posted 12-25-2013 02:40 PM

There’s lots of tool chests online. You can get a lot of ides just by looking at the pictures. You can keep it on the simple side or be as elaborate as you want to.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 12-26-2013 01:40 AM

A Frame & Panel Blanket chest is the easy part ( LOTSof practice) just the tray/drawer part will take a while. Hoping nobody claims the box for something other than a tool box…..

Flat lid? Or… a coopered one???

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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