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Blog entry by pjones46 posted 04-24-2011 05:15 AM 6947 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How long do you think it would take to build one of these? Maybe you have seen this before but its worth a Watch.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 02:03 PM

There is a poster of the Studley Tool Chest hanging up in the Woodcraft Store I frequent. This tool chest is truly a work of 1. art 2. genius.

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 02:37 PM

Thanks for the link to that wonderful video.

Because you would not have the same tools that Studley had your box would be completely custom even if you had the plans for his box. You would be starting from scratch. It might take you two weeks or more just to design a box equivalent to that and that is assuming you had the artistry and design talent. To build it comparable to the intricacy, detail, and efficiency of storage would take a good many months, IMHO; and that is assuming one had the talent. I’m no expert, certainly, but I would think that this would be quite an undertaking assuming the box was to be anywhere near the equivalent of Studley’s box.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 05:19 PM

While I’ve seen the poster of that box, I hadn’t seen the video & didn’t realize how cool the lift up & pivot parts were. It contains over 300 items. A while back I built a tool cabinet (posted in my projects) that is dimensionally larger but only contains a fraction of the tools that Studley got into his box. (kinda makes you wonder if “Studley” might not just be the most appropriate name a guy ever had, doesn’t it?)
While I used his box as inspiration, I realized during the project just what an amazing mind he must have had to put the whole thing together.
It’s another example of some really cool woodworking stuff out in the world. Thanks for the post. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 06:19 PM

Wow me I think it would take at least 40 hours or so cuz you have to incorporate a lot of tools together and then make them accessible plus it depends on how much detail you want to add to yours. My question is how would you carry it from job to job? I ask cuz the guy was a piano maker/fixer or something like that.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 08:14 PM

According to this site, Studley worked on his tool box over the course of 30 years and his box is in a class all it’s on.

Matt Wallace, the owner of the blog had the following to say:

Massachusetts piano maker Henry Studley built his magnificent tool chest over the course of a 30-year career at the Poole Piano Company. The chest lived on the wall near his workbench, and he worked on it regularly, making changes and adding new tools as he acquired them.

According to Wallace it is 9 in. deep, 39 in. high, and just more than 18 in. wide yet holds 300 tools. Ya’ll should follow the link to read the short history and see some pictures.

I assume that it is a site to behold when seen in person and I can only imagine what sort of value that chest of tools is insured for.

It seems as though many craftsmen in the past did things a little differently than the way that we do nowadays.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 11:04 PM

Now that was amazing. Couldn’t imagine the thought process to making this beauty….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 09:02 AM

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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-- kama smith

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#8 posted 04-25-2011 08:42 PM


Welcome and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in the short time I have been a member. Super bunch of woodworkers here with many diverse interests and knowledge.

Very supportive and they will help offering constructive opinions to expand your knowledge base. I know that I have gained in my short time here.


-- Respectfully, Paul

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#9 posted 04-25-2011 11:12 PM

About 30 years or so to make it I would think. Saw when Norm did his wall hanging tool chest, the thing has more hidden places than the Winchester Mystery House.

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#10 posted 04-25-2011 11:56 PM

It takes 18 years 3 months and 12 days plus 864 snickers while your working. How do I know? My name was Studley in a previous life LOL

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 01:27 AM

Hand tool heaven. To me it is priceless. That mans whole life is in that tool chest. I would like to see some of his work up close.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 10:20 AM

Well… IMHO since most of us are not piano makers, our tools will be biger in size, thus they take more space and simpler design. Still designing such a tool chest should take at least a week of planning, and depending on the complexity on detail of the chest building it could take 2 to 4 times of the designing time (fuul time work). Off-course to copy the Studley Tool Chest that should take months. So everything depends on the detail and craftsmanship you want to put in it.
Simple example was the NYWS tool chest done in few days.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#13 posted 04-26-2011 03:38 PM

Simple. I made one just like it in one day. Only mine is made with plywood. And doesn’t have any inlay. Oh, and I decided not to incorporate any drawers. Well, I also have no swinging parts. And actually it doesn’t hold tools, just beer. And it only takes one man to lift. But other than that…

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#14 posted 04-26-2011 04:17 PM

Steven, your toolbox full of beer sounds like the makings of a wonderful video so how about it? What do you think? I just went out and bought a toolbox for my shop to store some beer in. I bought it at Lowes and I think it says something like Frigidare or something like that. It even keeps my beer cold. ;-) Think about that video though I think it would make a good one. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 05:43 PM

Haha! Strangely, I actually DID make it: It doesn’t keep beer cold, but I don’t let them sit around long enough to warm up.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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