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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 05-25-2015 03:11 AM 724 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2015 03:11 AM

Working on a small tool chest 20”x14”.

Was hoping to doing a small drawer on the bottom for chisels etc. Thought i could just cut off the front bottom two fingers and add the drawer. Then just put a piece of 1/8” ply above the drawer as the bottom. The drawer is only 2 1/8” tall.

Would this be a bad idea? The likely hood of me moving it much would not be much. Plus with the ammount of fingers i think it should remain plenty strong.


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#1 posted 05-25-2015 06:17 AM

Seems like it could work, but how is the drawer supported?

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#2 posted 05-25-2015 12:55 PM

I don’t know how you would be able to open it w/ the weight of the tool chest sitting on a flat surface. I would add runners or something. As it is drawn there is no clearance.

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#3 posted 05-25-2015 03:24 PM

There would be runners of course. I just haven’t drawn them! Lol.

My main reason for doing this is it keeps everything “even”. If i added a 1/2” bottom I would have to sacrifice another finger. Which would lessen the depth inside.

Bondo- There will be wooden slides and there will be some clearance for it to move.

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#4 posted 05-25-2015 04:16 PM

As drawn that configuration is plenty strong. That 1/8” ply is a good shear wall, but really doesn’t need to be there. With those gorgeous G&G finger joints, the ply is really just a dust panel. I like this design!

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 05:46 PM

Dark Lightning- Thank you. The 1/8” ply is mainly so i have a “base” for tools. The inside will be trimmed with 1/2” poplar to support a sliding tray(s) like on typical chests.

It’s a shame i kind of just “winged” this. I won’t have room for my large tenon saw inside. Unless instead of using the bottom drawer for chisels, i used it for my saw. i will decide later.

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#6 posted 05-25-2015 05:49 PM

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#7 posted 05-25-2015 05:59 PM

Small chest, no bottom could be misleading…

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#8 posted 05-25-2015 08:56 PM

Kevin, really like the design. I’d just build it and see how it works. Can always make Toolbox 2.0 down the road!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#9 posted 05-26-2015 01:37 AM

Yeah thats what i figure Kevin! This is just a test for a chest i want to build for my son.

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