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Project by livewire516 posted 02-20-2020 04:32 AM 996 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my Dutch Tool Chest pretty faithfully to Chris Schwarz’s plans. It was built entirely by hand tools.

I used 1×12” Radiata Pine from the BORG. It got four coats of Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.’s Marigold Yellow, then a couple coats of Danish Oil.

The interior got two coats of blonde shellac to make it easier to wipe down.

Like many others who made chests like this, I used 6d fine finishing nails from Tremont Nail Co. and strap hinges from Lee Valley. The hinges and screws fastening them were soaked in EvapoRust to take the rust and Zinc-coating off, respectively.





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 02-20-2020 04:34 AM

Nice job!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 02-20-2020 05:15 AM

Nice box. With that color you’ll be able to find it easy enough. Looks like you either need to get some more tools to fill it in, or finish moving in.

-- Think safe, be safe

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theoldfart

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#3 posted 02-20-2020 06:21 AM

Nice work on the chest. I’ve had mine for several years now and it’s held up really well.

Try making a saw till on the lid, mine holds two panel saws.

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

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livewire516

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#4 posted 02-20-2020 03:54 PM


Nice box. With that color you ll be able to find it easy enough. Looks like you either need to get some more tools to fill it in, or finish moving in.

- therealSteveN

Thanks. Haha yes, from an orange suede powerlifting belt, to my guitar strap made from a pink feather boa, I seem to have a habit of making my things bright and bold.

While there are a few tools I haven’t put in, like my back saw and Ryoba, I also need more tools lol. I had to make the initial rabbets for the “thumbnail profile” on the top and drop-front lid with a № 71 Router plane and cutting gauge.

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SubVette

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#5 posted 02-20-2020 04:20 PM

I have recently started just using hand tools and I want to build a Dutch Tool Chest. You did an excellent job. What are the dimensions that you used? Also for the back and bottom is it screwed in as well or nailed? Looks like it was dutch lapped? I don’t have actual plans so I was just going to go for it. I do have Chris Schwarz Tool chest book but I decided a dutch tool chest wood work better for me at least for now.

-- John in Florida

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livewire516

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#6 posted 02-20-2020 04:38 PM


Nice job!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

Thanks!


Nice work on the chest. I’ve had mine for several years now and it’s held up really well.

Try making a saw till on the lid, mine holds two panel saws.

- theoldfart


Thanks. I agree, I think that’s what I’ll end up doing. I am actually supposed to pick up “some old saws” from older family members soon. Being in the Philadelphia region, I’m hoping some will be worth restoring. I know at least two are of that era and panel length, one of which is a Disston, the other is missing a medallion. Fingers crossed

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#7 posted 02-20-2020 04:54 PM

Nice job on the tool chest. I built one a few years ago and I love it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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livewire516

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#8 posted 02-20-2020 05:07 PM



I have recently started just using hand tools and I want to build a Dutch Tool Chest. You did an excellent job. What are the dimensions that you used? Also for the back and bottom is it screwed in as well or nailed? Looks like it was dutch lapped? I don t have actual plans so I was just going to go for it. I do have Chris Schwarz Tool chest book but I decided a dutch tool chest wood work better for me at least for now.

- SubVette

Thanks! The bottom of the case is dovetailed to the two sides, the middle shelf is seated in a dado, then nailed. All fasteners joining the carcass were 6d cut nails (in certain instances, I nipped them a bit shorter for where the plans called for 4d length nails). I used screws for the battens and skids. However, you could use any combination of either type of fasteners, even clinching over long nails in the skids, provided you make some necessary adjustments.

My case back is made of four boards nailed to the case, but fitted dry, ship-lapped between one another. (Many do tongue and grooves instead but I’m still saving my nickels for a №48 or 49).

So I bought the streaming version “Build a Dutch Tool Chest” video on Lie-Nielsen’s website. I figure if I didn’t pay for the video, I’d pay in time spent searching for info – and I don’t like scratching my head trying to reconcile two conflicting PWW articles.

That being said, Lost Art Press Blog had a Cut List for the Small Dutch Tool Chest – I’m sure you can find it with a quick Google search. I did start from that.

Also, “The Woodwright’s Shop” on PBS, had an episode dedicated to the Dutch Tool Chest with Schwarz making a guest appearance. You generally can stream old episode on their website.

Best of luck, post a link to your build thread, or project page when you’re done! I’ll enjoy seeing it

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livewire516

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#9 posted 02-20-2020 05:15 PM



Nice job on the tool chest. I built one a few years ago and I love it.

- bondogaposis

Thanks! Are you still glad you made the drawers for the lower compartment? I’m considering doing the same – a shallow drawer seems like it’d be useful. I plan to make campaign furniture someday, so I might take a leaf from you and install corner brackets as practice.

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TraditionallySpeakin

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#10 posted 02-20-2020 06:02 PM

Really sharp looking. I am planning to build one myself and was going to go yellow or green actually. Still not sure which but that yellow sure is handsome.

-- “If not for Roubo, the back of the U.S. nickle would be blank.” -Roy U.

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#11 posted 02-20-2020 06:36 PM

Beautiful…cool yellow colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 02-20-2020 06:53 PM

Pretty cool chest. I have never seen one before, two in one day. Nice job on the chest.

-- Petey

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livewire516

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#13 posted 02-20-2020 07:18 PM


Really sharp looking. I am planning to build one myself and was going to go yellow or green actually. Still not sure which but that yellow sure is handsome.

- TraditionallySpeakin

Thanks. I myself was strongly considering green – I think it’s very classic. I took the leap with yellow figuring that if I ended up not like it or grow tired of it, it’ll be a cool color underneath something else like a blue.

I must say that the camera seems to make the yellow bolder and brighter than it is in real life. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to look like, but if I were to do it again, I’d prime it first to make it pop a little more. It’s slightly closer to an earthy ochre than the pictures suggest.

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livewire516

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#14 posted 02-20-2020 07:22 PM


Beautiful…cool yellow colour.

- Ivan


Thanks Ivan!


Pretty cool chest. I have never seen one before, two in one day. Nice job on the chest.

- Peteybadboy

Thanks! Lol I was sold on making a DTC when someone pointed out that junk can’t pile up on top of its slanted lid!

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#15 posted 02-20-2020 10:52 PM

What’s wrong with green?

Mustard yellow under the green, then rubbed with ebony wax.

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

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