Another Anarchist's Tool Chest

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Project by Waterlog posted 11-15-2014 03:22 AM 6871 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I read the book and took the dive. This project took me several weeks to complete but, it proved many hours of enjoyment and problem solving opportunities. It was a journey with many roads. I got the carcass boards from a local Amish sawmill in WNY, went to Lee Valley in Burlington, ON, and several trips to the Ace Hardware and Home Depot and Rockler, etc, etc. I watched Bill Schenher’s YouTube videos about a million times, huge help. If you have a tendency to start projects and not finish them like I use to do, do not attempt this one. However, this was my favorite so far. This chest now sits next to me in my shop like an old dog. When ever I need it, it is right by my side. I won’t go into how I built it but I will answer any questions anyone might have. Feel free to ask. The lid is made of American Chestnut that was harvested over 100 years ago and has a panel of Bradford Pear that came from a downed tree in my neighbor’s yard. The drawers and such are chestnut, sassafras, hickory, and pine. It is smaller than the specs suggest, 30” X 18” x 21”, I was limited by the size of pine board I could find and the saw mill did not have anything wider than 21”. I wanted single board sides. I also experimented with crackle paint job with hide glue, that was a comedy act for sure, but it came out good. Anyway, thanks for looking. Try it, you’ll like it.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 03:25 AM

By the way, it’s not purple. The flash makes the blue over red crackle look purple. Ugh.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 03:39 AM

That’s awesome Waterlog! I actually like the color of it. Great build.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 04:48 AM

Looks Great Love the Dove tails!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 06:01 AM

This build is a part of your life history, something you will always treasure, I like every detail you put into it. Well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 11-15-2014 06:06 AM

Hey Water welcome to the ATC Club! Really nice chest. I noticed you lowered the height on the saw till, I had to redo mine after the chest was done. You should post this on the tool chest of your dreams thread, the folks over there would love to see it.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 11-15-2014 06:10 AM

Smallet build size has it’s own challenges for stocking, great to see another approach. Great build, yganks for posting. And +2 to what OF says about the welcome and cross – posting to the tool boxes thread!

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

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#7 posted 11-15-2014 10:55 AM

great project,really well done!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#8 posted 11-15-2014 02:54 PM

There several design changes I did. I cut an arch shaped void on the bottom of the saw till which allows me to store longer things under the saws. I also cut the second drawer sidewall support with an arch for more support and a more appealing look. Thanks for all the comments. I will try to figure out how to get this posted to the tool chest of your dreams thread but not sure how to do it yet.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#9 posted 11-15-2014 05:06 PM

Great job Waterlog!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#10 posted 11-15-2014 05:18 PM

A well done tool chest, I like it.

-- 👀 --

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#11 posted 11-15-2014 05:20 PM

You’ve got some mad skills….and nice tools. Thanks for posting.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#12 posted 11-16-2014 01:18 AM

I don’t believe you, I say it is purple, I kid of course. Great looking Box.

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#13 posted 11-16-2014 08:03 AM

Great built, great chest!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#14 posted 11-19-2014 02:50 AM

Great build, I love the condor tails in the background too.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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