My version of The Essential Tool Chest

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Project by L-H Johnsen posted 01-26-2015 10:29 PM 30250 views 115 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a long time I´v wanted to build a tool-chest for my woodworking tools.
After looking at many different ideas I found Michael Pekovich´s tool chest, which was featured in Fine-Woodworking August 2013 issue: 234.
I really liked his design and the different woodworking techniques it takes to build the chest. I also liked that every tool had it´s own place. So I choose to built it.

It was enjoyable to build this chest from start to finish, especially trying to make it as close to the original as possible. The only big difference is that mine is made of Swedish/American ash, and European walnut. I also installed brass escutcheons, and organised my tools differently.

If your interested in building it you can buy the plans at
The supplied Sketchup model sped up the build for me (was easier to convert inches to millimeters).

You can also see Pekovich´s tool-chest on Youtube:


-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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#1 posted 01-26-2015 10:51 PM

This Beautiful!
Wonderful Joinery, Nice work.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#2 posted 01-26-2015 10:53 PM

You did a great job on the build. I like your wood combination. You did your tools justice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 01-26-2015 11:00 PM

That chest is a thing of beauty!! Fantastic job!

-- Billy

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 11:22 PM

Great project, nice wood selection, outstanding joinery, just overall great work. Oh, nice tools as well.

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

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#5 posted 01-26-2015 11:24 PM

Thanks for sharing such an impressive and beautiful tool chest.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 12:15 AM

Great job. I consider myself lucky to own a Gerstner tool chest – but it cannot compare to the beauty of this one. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 01:16 AM

That is a thing of beauty. Where did you get the hardware?

-- Putty

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 02:13 AM

Now that is a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#10 posted 01-27-2015 02:19 AM

This is one of my next projects in the coming months. I need to organize my tool in a chest that looks presentable inside my house. I’d love to see how you organized your drawers. Also, why did you choose ash? How heavy is the chest when full? Well done my friend!

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#11 posted 01-27-2015 02:22 AM

Stunning. I stared at the photos… For a long time.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#12 posted 01-27-2015 02:22 AM

I really like your ash – walnut wood combination. You choose of grain is very nice. The side handles are massive.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#13 posted 01-27-2015 02:59 AM

Very nicely done.

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

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#14 posted 01-27-2015 03:04 AM

Absolutely brilliant, nice execution of the various joints! Well done!

-- Shakes2311, WA

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#15 posted 01-27-2015 03:05 AM

Beautiful work.

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