Quick and Dirty Tool Chest

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Project by Ripthorn posted 01-20-2016 02:14 AM 2180 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a smaller version of this chest four or five years ago for keeping my guitar-specific tools in, and decided I loved it and wanted a larger one for my nice Kennedy machinist chest to sit on. This is made of knotty alder for the case, clear alder for the drawer fronts, pine from a 2×4 for the drawer sides, and 5mm ply from the cull pile at HD. Blue felt lines the drawers and the pulls are cheap satin nickel pulls from HD. Total cost to me was about $25 and it only took me 6 hours or so (a quick project compared to guitars and infill planes).

The interesting thing about the construction is that the fronts are only attached by the pulls. This was done so that I could fit the fronts with all the drawers in and get a really nice, even, narrow spacing all the way around. The drawer sides have a 3/8” groove that rides on slides that are glued and nailed to the inside. Finished with a couple coats of Formby’s low gloss tung oil finish. It turned out really nice, was easy to make (screws and butt joints) and will serve me really well.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 02:46 AM

wow, you make it look easy, nice work!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 01-20-2016 03:50 AM

Very nice Brian!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#3 posted 01-20-2016 04:35 AM

very nice, but I don’t see anything “quick” or “dirty” about it, great build!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 01-20-2016 06:54 AM

Very COOL nice lil project….

Fun too…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#5 posted 01-20-2016 10:51 AM

I can see that being built in my wood shop – Thanks for sharing

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 01-20-2016 12:50 PM

Very nice looking chest. A quick and dirt tool box for me is a 5 gallon bucket or a cardboard box.

-- Chris K

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#7 posted 01-20-2016 02:08 PM

Looks gr8 to me

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 01-20-2016 03:51 PM

Looks fantastic. Better than the set of drawers that I have three months invested in!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 01-20-2016 09:00 PM

That will be a great chest for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 01-23-2016 09:15 PM

Good looking tool chest.

-- Rick M,

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