Carving Tool Chest

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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 09-25-2016 04:05 PM 1119 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built another chest to accommodate the knives and palm tools. First one was too big, second one (not posted as a project) was too small. This one is closer to what I need.

Red Oak, stained with Minwax Golden Oak, finished with three coats of satin Minwax fast-drying polyurethane. Drawers are lined with expanded vinyl. My first foray into lining drawers wasn’t fun- every bit of sawdust and the chips from carving got stuck in it all the time. I don’t enjoy vacuuming out a tool chest! The vinyl allows me to just use a little air.

Drawer separators are basswood window blinds cut to size. Saw that here, but don’t remember who showed it, at the moment. Drawers slide on wooden rails.

No knobs. I wanted to maximize the volume while minimizing the weight, they are about a pound. There are rare earth magnets embedded in the faces of the drawers, which I can pull open using a magnet, or just bump the carcass and the drawers slide a little. No lid, locks or latches, also to save weight. My wife is sewing up a vinyl cover to hold the drawers in and weatherproof it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#1 posted 09-25-2016 04:56 PM

Very well done. Looks sharp

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#2 posted 09-25-2016 07:48 PM


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#3 posted 09-26-2016 07:50 PM

Nice Flexcut collection that you have in that beautiful tool chest. Well organized, and it’s great to see how well it suits your carving requirements. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 09-26-2016 11:19 PM

Thanks! I hope I don’t need to buy many more, or I’ll have to retrofit one of the lower drawers. Drawers 7 and 8 are currently unoccupied. I do have 2-1/2 drawers (3, 4 and 5) of palm tools, so there is room to expand there.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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