Tool Chest

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Project by Nitreug posted 03-09-2015 12:59 AM 2083 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This tool chest is based on Mike Pekovich’s tool chest from Fine Woodworking #234. I modified the size a little bit based on my wood. Otherwise, I largely followed the plan since it suited my needs.

The drawers were slightly taller than what the plan called for since my plank was that size and I wanted to use it all. I used african mahogany as the primary wood since I had some leftover from another project. I really liked the crazy grain as an accent piece for the front panel. The reverse was even more crazy but it also had cracks which I couldn’t hide appropriately so I put that side inside.

The drawer fronts and lid panels are made of black limba. My hardwood retailer has some exotics from time to time and they had some of that wood. It wasn’t cheap but I enjoy trying new woods. It turned out to work like a charm.

This was my first attempt at hand-cut dovetails for the case sides and I also tried hand-cut half-blind dovetails for the bottom drawer. I was running out of time so I used a simple rabbet joint for the top drawer reinforced with mahogany dowels. The hardware is very similar to what Mike used in his chest. The finish is amber shellac. It was a leftover and I like how it accentuated the grain in mahogany. I didn’t have as much leftover as I would have used but it wasn’t worth buying more. I finished the finish with paste wax. It helps with the drawers that slide beautifully.

The last step will be to create the interior dividers which I haven’t quite figured out yet.

Please send me your comments and questions!

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 05:05 AM

Looks Beautiful. Cant wait to see the inside.

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 01:29 PM

looks great

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#3 posted 03-09-2015 06:31 PM

WOW soooo nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 03-11-2015 12:25 AM

Thanks guys! I have to figure out the best way to fill all my hand tools inside so it may take a few weeks before I complete the inside but I’ll definitely post more pictures once it’s done.

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 02:24 PM

This is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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