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Project by D. B. posted 03-24-2018 04:32 PM 3466 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Credit for this idea goes to Jeremy Broun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apiQkeg_zSw who inspired me. But I wanted more space and a small built in “bench” on top with a vise. I used recycled pine which came from disassembled bookcases in a library. I hope the pictures speak for themselves. Finished size is 18” tall, 12” deep, 26” long. The top is a small bench with holes for dogs. A small wagon vise is built in. On the face is a vise operated with clamps which functions as a moxon vise. With these two vises I can work all six sides of a piece of wood. Both sides open for center access. Three planes are there, plus clamps. Middle tray slides out – both directions, holding hammer and chisels. Small top tray is fixed. Layout tools and dovetail saws store on the drop-down side which I work from. Japanese and European saws are on the far side. Total weight loaded is 50 lbs. Not a light tote, but portable when needed.





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-24-2018 05:01 PM

Very, very nice! I love the small bench idea. You did a great job … kudos! May I assume you are a fellow handtooler?

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 03-24-2018 06:19 PM

You did a very nice job on this toolbox.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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D. B.

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#3 posted 03-24-2018 07:17 PM

Thanks for comments. I am learning about hand tools. No formal training or mentor. I describe it as learning as I go. Guidance and helpful comments welcome.

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#4 posted 03-24-2018 11:35 PM

DB, listen to brother Ron at your own risk! He has gone down the rabbit hole of hand tools and embraced the dark side., he only works by candle light :-)

And you couldn’t ask for a better mentor! Well done tool chest. It’s apparent that you gave this a lot of thought and it should serve you well in you wood working.

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

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#5 posted 03-25-2018 12:57 AM

Yes, kudos on a well thought compact design. Any idea how heavy it is loaded?

DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com Any flattering photo of yourself will at some point elicit the comment that it looks nothing like you.

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#6 posted 03-25-2018 01:21 AM


Yes, kudos on a well thought compact design. Any idea how heavy it is loaded?

DanK

- Dan Krager

50 lbs

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MrWolfe

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#7 posted 03-25-2018 01:30 AM

I love the bench dogs and vise features. What a great tool chest!!

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#8 posted 03-25-2018 02:30 AM

Very Nice Work & Well Done!

Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 03-25-2018 03:38 AM

50 pounds of creativity. Nice job on several projects built into one, whodathunk a tool box was also a bench. Oh wait but it’s a saw tote too.

Nice work, thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 03-25-2018 09:43 AM

Hmm! I like the idea of a tool chest that’s also a small workbench. And it would encourage me to avoid piling stuff on top of the tool chest.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 03-25-2018 12:13 PM

Very nice! I like the small spaces thoght for each tool.

-- Diego Cassels

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 03-25-2018 01:31 PM



DB, listen to brother Ron at your own risk! He has gone down the rabbit hole of hand tools and embraced the dark side., he only works by candle light :-)

And you couldn t ask for a better mentor! Well done tool chest. It s apparent that you gave this a lot of thought and it should serve you well in you wood working.

- theoldfart


Thank you, Kevin!

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 03-25-2018 01:46 PM


Thanks for comments. I am learning about hand tools. No formal training or mentor. I describe it as learning as I go. Guidance and helpful comments welcome.

- D. B.

Welcome to the dark side! Learning as you go, is  the way to go, in my humble opinion. That way you don’t start collecting a bunch of tools you’ll hardly ever use. It looks like you have all the hand tools you need to build just about anything. I don’t, however, see a hand brace.

I look forward to seeing future projects!

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D. B.

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#14 posted 03-25-2018 02:37 PM


Thanks for comments. I am learning about hand tools. No formal training or mentor. I describe it as learning as I go. Guidance and helpful comments welcome.

- D. B.

Welcome to the dark side! Learning as you go, is  the way to go, in my humble opinion. That way you don t start collecting a bunch of tools you ll hardly ever use. It looks like you have all the hand tools you need to build just about anything. I don t, however, see a hand brace.

I look forward to seeing future projects!

- Ron Aylor

Oh yes. I have my grandfather’ s Stanley hand brace and bits and draw knife. I forgot to mention his Disston saws, rip and cross cut-but they don’t fit in the box… In the tool box are small torpedo level, gimlet set, coping saw, Yankee Screw drive and push drill, too. Plus an extra blade for the No. 5 Stanley Jack plane set for rough planning.

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Ron Aylor

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#15 posted 03-25-2018 03:04 PM


Oh yes. I have my grandfather’s Stanley hand brace and bits and draw knife. I forgot to mention his Disston saws, rip and cross cut-but they don t fit in the box… In the tool box are small torpedo level, gimlet set, coping saw, Yankee Screw drive and push drill, too. Plus an extra blade for the No. 5 Stanley Jack plane set for rough planning.

- D. B.


Sounds like you have all the bases cover. Again, this is a great little tool chest. Congrats on the Daily Top 3 award!

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