No Paint For This Dutch Tool Chest

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Project by CarterR posted 09-25-2014 09:12 PM 4012 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I need a way to transport my tools from one shop to another. I like Chris Schwartz’s Dutch Tool Chest and I thought it would be the best to carry and build. I had a good amount of rough cut cherry that was one inch thick and had twisted and bowed alot. I used a handplane on one side, since my jointer is 6” and is too small for the wide board. After good amount of of sweat I sent the other side through the planer. Most boards came out aroud 5/8” thick.

The bottom is held together with dovetails. It had been a while since I cut dovetails, the first side, not so great.

The bad side I used a chisel to get the dovetails to fit

The fix

The good side. I used a shinto rasp on the tails to get a snug fit. It worked much better.

The middle shelf is held in by a dado and cut nails. The back is shiplaped.

All the hardware and screws are brass. I used a piano hinge to hold the top on. The handles are made from leftover maple scraps. A few coats of tung oil to make that beautiful grain pop.

Here are some construction and glamour shots




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#1 posted 09-25-2014 10:07 PM

That is a beautiful chest!

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 12:07 AM

Awesome job!

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 02:06 AM

Very beautiful job

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 02:28 AM

Great job

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 03:15 AM

I love it! Great grain, very unique.

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 03:25 AM

If I actually had to carry it, I’d probably pick a lighter wood but you couldn’t have picked a more beautiful wood. Nice work!

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 07:15 AM

That’s a great chest. I’ve done many a dovetail fill myself, impossible to avoid sometimes. Who makes those handsaws with the maple handles and brass spines?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 11:40 AM

Great work on the Dutch Tool Chest. I am about to start one myself. Allen, I think the saws you are referring to are made by Lie-Nielsen. They are a little pricey but the quality is seemingly unmatched by other tools.

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#9 posted 09-26-2014 12:44 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

The saws are Lie Nielsen. From front to back they are the Dovetail, Carcass, and Tenon. I have been using them for almost two years and they have been great.


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#10 posted 09-26-2014 04:50 PM

Wow! Really nice work. That tool chest will last generations

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#11 posted 09-26-2014 05:57 PM

Stellar job on the tool chest…..After you put the color to it, it almost looks like red cedar, with the whitish sap wood showing through…..Beautiful…..

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#12 posted 09-27-2014 02:21 AM

Very nice tool chest. I like it a lot. And thanks for posting some of the build pics. I love to see a project in progress.

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