Dutch (Turning) Tool Chest

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Project by Jersey posted 09-23-2018 05:51 PM 3383 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Dutch Tool Chest to hold my turning tools. I wanted a chest where each turning chisel was easily accessible during use and for storage and somewhere I could keep all of my turning equipment in one place.

The chest has a height adjustable rack built into the back of the chest to accommodate the different lengths of turning chisels. Wood pegs fit in the slots at different heights to allow for the different length tools (see Pic).

The chest is made from pine with a dovetailed carcass and follows the basic design by Chris Schwarz in Popular Woodworking. It is sized to sit snug under my lathe. Instead of a tongue and groove back, I made mine as a frame and panel. The top is pine with breadboard ends.

Hardware is from Blackbear forge and includes hand made handles, hinges and hasp. Nails hold on the front and back (plus glue). The castors are reconditioned vintage items from ebay. The chest is painted in grey milk paint with a coat of varnish over the top.

All in all a good, fun project. The rack for the turning tools was a challenge but worked out quite well in the end. I look forward to filling the base with my turning blanks and tools.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 06:10 PM

WOW! I like that interior!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-23-2018 06:51 PM

Just plain exquisite!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#3 posted 09-23-2018 07:39 PM

More Shop Furniture, better keep a lock on it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 09:06 AM

Nice box there. Certainly looks like you have room to grow, or was it just part way filled? Didn’t look like you had anything in the large lower shelves? What is the plan for them?

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 01:54 PM

I dig it.

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