Dutch Tool Chest #2: Building the Carcass

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Blog entry by Brandon posted 04-04-2013 02:48 PM 13379 reads 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Design Considerations Part 2 of Dutch Tool Chest series Part 3: The Lid, Handles, and Casters »

So I’ve manage to build the carcass for the tool chest. Its footprint is about 33” wide by 15” deep. In terms of height, the front of the tool chest is about 23” tall and in the back it is about 31” tall. The size is a bit bigger, at least in terms of width, than the Schwarz design, but again I designed it based on the width of my ripsaw. Here are some photos of the progress so far.

Here’s the basic box without the shelves and bottom install:

The middle shelf, seen here, does not protrude all the way to the front of the cabinet. I designed it this way so that when I look into the bottom shelf the contents in the back would be a bit more visible from a higher angle.

And here it is with the bottom installed:

This is the glue-up of the front “door” piece (not sure what else to call this). The pieces are ship lapped.

I decided to paint the whole thing a dark green. Actually the name of the color is “evergreen bough.” I was debating between a green and a blue and ultimately liked this color best. Yes, I used latex and not milk paint, primarily because latex is inexpensive and easily available in whatever color I need.

I put these runners on the inside of the door in order to hold the door in place and to align it, although the locking strips (see below) must be in place to keep the door on.

The door stays in place with these brackets that hold piece of wood which can be slid in from the top. This keeps the whole door tight against the cabinet. The brackets are made out of jatoba so that they’ll be nice and strong.

This shows the locking mechanism for the door from the top of the tool chest. I used beech for the strips of wood that lock the door in place.

My largest saw, sitting inside the top section of the tool chest. I’m still running through a few different ideas of where to put the larger hand saws and how to do it, and so I’m still open to suggestions at this point.

Thanks for looking!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 03:21 PM

Brandon, this is looking like a great piece of work! I like the different woods, and I like the paint (Surprise!) in particular. Congrats on taking the plunge in the first place, re: the dutchman. The discussion has been interesting to follow thusfar; there’s quite a bit about this form I find compelling. Higher on top, smaller overall footprint, inviting are a few things in it’s favor.

Keep us updated!

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 03:34 PM

Looking good Brandon.

Did you get a new TS? Looks like a PM in the background, thought you had the Rigid…

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 03:38 PM

Its looking great man and I think the latex paint looks perfect.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 03:49 PM

Smitty, thanks for the comments. I thought you’d like the paint, too.

Shane, no new TS. I still have the R4511, but I’d definitely take a PM if someone has an extra one. :-)

Mauricio, yeah I get the latex from Home Depot. It’s only $2.99 for a sample size in whatever color you need. I bought two of those and will have plenty of paint left over.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 03:53 PM

looking good.

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 03:57 PM

I like the choice on the paint, it will still show the grain and the knots thorugh it over time. That green is a great classic color.

The design reminds me of a job box with the angled lid. Can i suggest hydraulic or pnuematic pistons on it to keep it from inadvertantly crashing down on your melon while digging for tools at the bottom. No quicker way to ruin a day than taking a shot to the ole noggin. Lord knows ive taken way too many (obviously).

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 03:58 PM

This answered a lot of questions about the construction on this style of chest for me, thanks.

How many full length saws are you planing on putting in there? Actually knowing all the saws might prove handy.

our saw kit really does to a lot to dictate the remaining space (recent experience on my tool chest talking here).

Great looking work so far.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 04:03 PM

Thanks guys. Sorry to hear about your experiences, Stef.

Ryan, I only plan on putting two full length saws—- one rip and one cross cut. I haven’t given up on the idea of attaching them to the lid, but I’d do it differently than Schwarz did his since I want to be able to pull them out from the top of the opened door. Another option would be to put them either in the top of the box or on that small shelf in the lower section and put a bow saw on the lid. I don’t own a bow saw yet, but will probably soon.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 05:05 PM

I’ve never seen a Dutch Tool chest before. I like it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 05:35 PM

The Dutch tool chest is new to me, too, but I like the idea. The slanted lid makes a lot of sense. Good work, Brandon.

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#11 posted 04-04-2013 06:20 PM

If mounting to the lid you could probably use a turnbuckle to prevent the saws from falling out of your slots (think wooden wing-nut). If it were me I would put the saws in a till on the top of the back of the chest and I would try to parse out a space below that for odds and ends (but this would make chisel storage harder…perhaps, put them behind the saws?). If I did this I would cleat in a small shelf below the saws to protect the teeth from the tools below (and vica versa)

Bowsaws are a [email protected][email protected] to store. What syle (use) are you looking at getting?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 04-04-2013 06:28 PM

Thanks guys, like I said in the previous post, I didn’t know anything about the Dutch style tool chest either until this past February. But then I sort of just knew I was going to be making one.

Ryan, I wanted to start out with one of the Gramercy saw kits, then eventually getting a larger bow saw as well.

I really need to layout all my chisels and stuff to see what would go in that back section of the top.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 04-04-2013 06:38 PM

Really nice looking Brandon. The only observation I have at this point is to consider making the locking strips in such a way that they can do double duty as winding sticks. That is if you use winding sticks.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 04-04-2013 07:48 PM

That’s a great idea, Bondo. I hadn’t even thought of that.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 04-05-2013 02:51 AM

Looking good Brandon. Perfect color.

This may be a stupid question, but how do you follow a blog? I clicked on watch in part one but did not receive a notice that part two had started. Just happened to stumble on it.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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