Tool Chest

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Project by Ampeater posted 09-09-2014 03:40 PM 2434 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished a tool chest that was for my 15 year old grandson’s birthday. The plans were from Fine Woodworking Magazine. The panel in the top and the drawer fronts are mahogany and the rest is butternut. The dimensions are approximately 24” W x 13” D x 13” H.

It was some what of a challenge. Butternut is very light and difficult to work with. It splinters and chips easily, making the through mortises and the dovetails difficult.

My grandson likes it, but I don’t know if it will ever be used as a toolbox.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#1 posted 09-09-2014 03:46 PM


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

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 04:19 PM

Very beautiful and excellent work like all of your projects. Teenagers typically have their minds on other things than woodworking, but like many of us he might just take it up well into the future, and if he does he will have a fantastic and special tool chest made by his grandfather to start with.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 08:54 PM

Wow! That is a wonderful present.
He is going to think of you every time he opens it.
I think he will be smiling too!

Good job grandpa!

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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#4 posted 09-10-2014 10:30 AM

What a great heirloom piece that he will enjoy for years. I made two boxes from butternut a few years back & I know of the difficulties you have mentioned.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#5 posted 09-10-2014 12:53 PM

Nice tool chest!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 09-10-2014 02:14 PM

That will make a wonderful gift to your grandson. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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