Essential Tool Chest

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Project by Jamie posted 10-18-2018 12:37 PM 5993 views 19 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my version of the Essential Tool Chest by Fine Woodworking Mike Pekovich. I learned a ton from this project. My first hand cut dovetails, bridle joints and through tenons. Maple and walnut with blonde shellac finish. When I loaded it up, I realized that I buy a lot of stuff from Lee Valley!

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#1 posted 10-18-2018 12:41 PM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 10-18-2018 12:49 PM

That is a fine looking chest. Great details, from the dovetails to the thru tenons and the wood choices.

How much does it weigh fully loaded?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 10-18-2018 01:16 PM

Good job. Great choice of wood.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#4 posted 10-18-2018 01:54 PM

Looks great, UMMMMM Walnut! Ya noticed a preference for the Veritas stuff! You head south or north?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 10-18-2018 03:00 PM

A hand made tool chest is a hundred times better than a store bought metal chest. Looks great.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 10-18-2018 03:07 PM

Beautiful chest man, love the narex set :)

-- BobFrankly, California

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#8 posted 10-18-2018 03:29 PM


-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 10-18-2018 04:13 PM

well done! did you make this at the CT Valley School of Woodworking in Mike’s class or on your own? If it was on your own I would say Very very well done!!! Still awesome, even if it was made in a class, especially for it being the first dovetails!
Thanks for posting! This gives me hope for my first case piece (im a dovetail virgin also)

-- Tony S. Arru, Connecticut

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#10 posted 10-18-2018 04:54 PM

that’s a really nice setup

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#11 posted 10-18-2018 05:00 PM

Beautiful tool chest and nice collection of tools!

-- LastingBuild

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#12 posted 10-18-2018 05:05 PM

The more of Pekovich’s work that I see the more I like it (his book was fantastic). Great build.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#13 posted 10-18-2018 05:48 PM

Great detail work.

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#14 posted 10-18-2018 07:01 PM

85 pounds fully loaded. Next job will be to make a stand for it to sit on.

I bought the FWW plan online and did it myself. Using the FWW site videos really helped. That has been my best tool investment. The FWW online subscription is an amazing source of information.

The pictures look a bit like an advertisement for Lee Valley. I head to Edmonton most of the time for LV. Great location with Windsor Plywood and KMS right around the corner.

Thanks for all the great comments.


-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#15 posted 10-18-2018 08:18 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Jamie!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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