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Project by nisker posted 06-20-2014 10:53 PM 3878 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool chest grew out of the need to find a good portable storage solution to my growing woodworking tool collection. A collection that in large parts is made up of yard sale and second hand shop finds.

The design is a combination of beeing tailored to my needs and wanting to build something with flightcase hardware.

In the process I spent a lot overs mulling over images of tool boxes and tool chest(a large part of it here on LJ). And while I’m fascinated with a more traditional tool chest, like Scwarz’s anarchist tool chest, it’s much to big for my need and not very portable.
I also really like japanese toolboxes (like Mafe's) for the simplicity and the idea that the box is about storing tools and not so much a show of skills – however I think that having all the tools in one big room makes it difficult to find the tool you need.
Then I came across the dutch tool chest which had both the smaller size and less complex build going for it.
It was still to big for me and the slanted lid seemed space inefficient, however I really liked the access to the content that the slanted lid made possible and the toolholder in the back also resonated with me.
That combined with an idea to try and build something with flight case fittings became the basis of how I designed my box.
I furthermore had the design criteria that the box lives in a shed that can get quite moist, so it must be able to withstand that and protect the tools inside while doing so. Having a toolbox that is easy to move around is also a high priority, I would prefer to be able to carry it with one hand.

The dimensions is based around the length of my saw, the Ryoba, for the width, my longest chisel set the base for the height both adjusted to the nearest power of 2 to because I’m a geek. so I end up with a width of 64 cm(25,2”) and a height of 32 cm (12,6”) the depth ended at 28 cm (11”) as the found it more pleasing to look at if it wasn’t the same as the height and my tools would fit fine at that size. I opted for 6mm birch plywood to keep the weight down.

More pictures and build details can be found here:

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 12:29 AM

Very nicely done and a great place to store your tools.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 04:26 AM

That’s really cool, nicely done. Good collection of hand tools.

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 11:53 AM

Very sweet build, unique too! Love it, well done!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 01:04 PM

Nice lightweight tool box.

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 02:07 PM

Thanks a lot everybody!

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 04:19 PM

good work. Well organized and sure to be functional, attractive, clean lines.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 06-21-2014 05:38 PM

That is a neat tool case!
Attractive, built to last, functional, and elegant lines!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#8 posted 06-21-2014 09:58 PM

What a fine toolbox, what I really love is that seems to be low weight.
Cool to use the flightcase stuff, like a high class Plyfa box.
Nice to see you here. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 06-22-2014 06:45 AM

Thanks again everybody for the very nice comments.

It weighs about 7kg(15.4 pounds) when empty which compared to the about 20 kg(44.1 pounds) it weighs loaded seems lightweight :)
with a strap around the whole thing I can still carry it around with one hand though – that helps at lot when going through doors.

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#10 posted 06-23-2014 11:40 AM

Nice tool chest! Cool metal edging that will keep the corners from getting dinged up. Great idea

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 06-23-2014 12:32 PM

You have a nice collection of tools and that’s a great tool box to house them in. Congratulations and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 06-27-2014 05:52 AM

thanks guys.

Yes those bubble corners are pretty tough.

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