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Tool Chest Open for Business

20130303-163029.jpg With the drawers in place and sliding freely, I began placing tools into the chest. Top drawer has marking and measuring tools along with my roll of chisels and block planes. The second drawer remains partially empty as I determine what I need at hand. The third holds my specialty planes and blades, router, fillister and rabbit.

I have had them this way for the past couple of weeks and am well satisfied. The chest is a good height and I have access to all that I need. Best of all is the casters that allow me to roll it out of the way or close at hand depending upon my project.

There are still several items to complete: knobs on the other tills, the lock and of course the finish. I intend to put finish on when the weather is consistently warmer and the other items as I get time.

This was a great project and my hand skills have moved forward very rapidly. The first hand cut dovetails are in this project along with many hours of planed boards.My confidence has soared and I have a finished project that is proving very useful.


  1. March 31, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Very impressive! It must be quite an exiting moment, opening your chest up for business. Having a partially empty drawer is a good idea – it leaves room for future expansion!

  2. April 2, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Looking great! I’d like to make one but I have nowhere to put it.

    • April 3, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I considered a wall cabinet first but have no wall space, then didn’t know if I would like the chest but the more I use it the better I like it. If you can find I spot I highly recommend it for the experience and the organization. Thanks for your comments.

  3. April 3, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I think I will definitely build it one day. My wife just brought home two 36″ wide kitchen wall cabinets from her job and I hung them in the garage over the weekend. It cleared up a huge amount of space and really got things a lot more organized. I have a couple of other things I need to do but if all goes according to plan I will have a perfect spot for a tool chest. Even if I don’t technically need one it will be a fun project. Thanks.

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