Dutch Tool Chest

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Blog series by Tugboater78 updated 09-28-2015 05:06 AM 12 parts 23270 reads 48 comments total

Part 1: need a place to store my handtools

03-10-2015 11:19 PM by Tugboater78 | 7 comments »

(photo stolen from below mentioned blog, for inspiration) Since i seen C Shwarz blog about his Dutch Tool Chest i have been planning to make one. I like the Anarchist Tool Chest as well but the idea of having to bend over to get my tools out did not appeal to me. Wall hung tool racks I like but the constant humidity/temperature changes where I live plays hell on my tools. I waited for the Pop Wood article to come out in Oct 2013. I looked it over and went to the Blue store and picke...

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Part 2: setup and a beginning

03-11-2015 11:55 AM by Tugboater78 | 3 comments »

I needed a few things to happen before i started this build. The chest joinery, while fairly simple, required me to have a few fixtures and tools i did not have. Since i have full intention to do this with hand tools, this required a few jigs as well. One of the big parts of making this chest was the Dovetailed bottom. I have never attempted to cut a dovetail before this, though have always wanted to try. I did not have a true dovetail saw, though not necessarily needed. I have a couple ch...

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Part 3: construction begins (dovetail sides to bottom)

03-11-2015 02:04 PM by Tugboater78 | 3 comments »

It started with me cutting my sides, bottom, and shelves/dividers to rough length with my xcut D8 on sawbench, then cleaning/squaring up the ends with my Stanley #4 1/2 and the sides with my #5 1/2 and #8. I then ganged sides up in my moxon and go in house and refresh my memory on layout with Megan Fitzpatricks youtube video . I then proceed to mark out my tails and to cut them. I ran into some trouble, what little practice i had with cutting some dovetails was with completely seaso...

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Part 4: dados and main carcass assembly

03-11-2015 05:03 PM by Tugboater78 | 5 comments »

measuring/marking out the dados for the shelvesmarked out the bottom shelf 8.5” above the dovetail baseline with a knifeused the shelf to mark the other side of dado in the same manner after cutting a “knifewall” Used my Millers Falls router plane set at 3/8” depth to cut the baseline of dado didnt get any pictures of cutting out the dados but same process as described in Paul Sellers video here, and in Chris Albees dutch chest videos here using the router pl...

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Part 5: screw it to it and put on the lingerie...

03-11-2015 09:56 PM by Tugboater78 | 3 comments »

Broke out the eggbeater drill, brace with countersink bit, and a screw driver. Marked out my holes with combo square and awl. Drove in some #10 1 1/4 slotted screws by hand, ended up with a blister. . 4 per side per shelf, overkill i believe, planned on only 3 but apparently my subconscious kicked in and made me do 4. they are all clocked inline with the grain for you ocd individuals (wish i had some Citric acid to remove the zinc plating) I shoulda went with my first idea and coun...

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Part 6: Tongin' and a Groovin'

03-12-2015 04:31 AM by Tugboater78 | 3 comments »

After i finished the previous steps i decided, despite what Schwarz says about it, to put some finish on the inside. No pictures, figured no need. I masked off all the edges i didnt want anything on, then applied roughly 2-3 coats. Really all i did was use up the last of my Zinnzer clear waxed shellac, will apply some wax in the future. But onto what this part of the blog is about. I bought, off ebay a year or 2 ago, a decent Stanley #45 with a basic set of cutters and most of the parts...

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Part 7: back done/ breadboard fallfront and more

04-10-2015 03:33 AM by Tugboater78 | 4 comments »

The two previous images are from 4 weeks ago before i left for work. The back was done up with pine i had on hand. Unfortuently as i was installing the last couple boards i noticed they had developed some twist and that i had a knot too close to an edge. I decided while at work i would replace with my remaining poplar that i was saving for another project.After returning home and replacing the upper 3 planks. Then i proceeded to glue up panels for my top and the fall front.The finished glu...

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Part 8: fall-front together and installed

04-13-2015 05:34 AM by Tugboater78 | 2 comments »

A quickie post I didn’t mention making the red Oak pieces to latch behind the lower lip of the cabinet before. These are just big enough to fit below the lower shelf . The article in the magazine mentions making these the full length to subdue expansion, but I have breadboard ends for that. I measured and marked where the batten guides need to go, with a brain fart or two. You will probably notice a few holes in a picture or two where I mounted them where they didnt need to be. ...

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Part 9: Put a lid on it..

08-28-2015 05:08 AM by Tugboater78 | 4 comments »

It has been some time since i did any work on my chest. I made a few tills to hold most of my tools, but they need refinement and will be covered in a later post. Been storing my tools and working out of the chest since last blog entry though. The other day i was cleaning up shop before i left for work. Been working on house remodeling the last couple weeks using the dust creating tools frequently, tsaw, mitersaw, router, sander, etc. Lots of dust to clean off, a whole lot of it settling...

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Part 10: some paint for the exterior

09-24-2015 02:33 PM by Tugboater78 | 4 comments »

Took out all the tools, and prepped the chest for some milk paint. Figured I would snap a pic of my dovetails again before I covered them up. First coat of paint, Pitch Black Used a fine mesh scotchbrite pad to smooth it out, wiped down with a damp cloth,waited till it was dry. Onto Second and third coat, Lexington Green Only put 1 coat on the back, left the black bleeding throughBottom also only got green around the borders, figured no real use in another coat on it. ...

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Part 11: Paint on, nearing the "end" (some additions)

09-27-2015 06:10 AM by Tugboater78 | 6 comments »

End.. being a fluid term, since it will be a long time before a toolchest will ever be finished. Organizing, rearranging due to acquistion of “new” tools, always changing to fit needs, and adding personal touches leaves the end somewhere on the far horizon. But I am getting close to saying this chest is done… enough. Then move on to other things. That said, bear with me as i edit this post over next day or two. I am juggling time constraints, my phone and the site a...

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Part 12: "Jewelry"

09-28-2015 05:06 AM by Tugboater78 | 4 comments »

I had a couple things I had sitting around I wanted to add to my chest to make it mine. One I’ve had for ~23 years, just waiting for a repurpose. The most important thing, I installed a “pull” on the fall-front, that just happens to be able to open a bottle of beer. A few years ago Marlboro sent me this for my birthday, I am not sure why. But anyway, I put it away in a cabinet thinking I would find a use for it one day. At some point while building chest I figured it ...

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