Dutch Tool Chest

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Project by SubVette posted 09-20-2020 09:15 PM 3624 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started out wanting to build a tool chest and in fact had every intention on building a regular tool chest like that of Christopher Schwarz. I read his book the “Anarchist Tool Chest” and started collecting the lumber. Then I started thinking how will i move this around and make it functional enough for daily use. Well I live in South Florida, so leaving tools in my garage usually means they(the tools) get a nice glaze of surface rust within one to two days, that just doesn’t sit well with me and that is with me keeping a nice coating of oil on everything. So I needed something that I could keep in my house and be portable enough that i can wheel it over towards the garage when I need the tools. This lead me towards the Dutch tools chest that Mr. Schwarz is also famous for building. I started watching YouTube videos and decided this was going to work better for me and being the cheap skate that I am I didn’t want to drop fifty dollars on a cd to see how he made it. After watching several videos mostly of Anne of all trades and several other videos I pretty much could figure out how the thing was assembled and so the journey begins. I wanted a traditional Dutch tool chest but this was going to sit in my office so it needed to look nice and blend in. This was my dilemma until I had the shell built. Once finished it looked too pretty to paint and the wife didn’t want a big Blue or Black box in the room. I choose to put a skirt on the chest as well as a dust lid incorporating some of the elements from the Tool chest into my Dutch tool chest in fact I used several tool chest designs into my Dutch tool chest, a morph if you will. I am in the process of making a drawer for the middle compartment , handles and slots on the back to store the door front. I will probably make a video, when I do I will post the URL in LJ. Sorry for the poor grammar. See reviews for more pictures of the build.

-- John in Florida

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#1 posted 09-20-2020 10:36 PM

Looking really nice. I really like the slanted top, can be used as a writing surface or drawing board. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 09-21-2020 12:25 AM

Nicely done!

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#3 posted 09-21-2020 01:01 AM

John, nice take on the chest. i went with the smaller chest for the sake of portability.

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

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#4 posted 09-21-2020 01:39 AM

It looks good, and very functional. Roy Underhill once pointed out that the slanted top keeps you from piling stuff on top, so it stays useful.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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#5 posted 09-21-2020 02:01 AM

Excellent build!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 02:08 AM

Great looking chest. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 09-21-2020 03:01 AM

Beautiful enough to be in the house and not the shop. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 09-21-2020 03:02 AM

Wow! That is a beautiful dutch chest. I was going to just make the small version and paint it blue like Chris’s. Its on my to do list…some day

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#9 posted 09-21-2020 10:27 AM

Nice job, I like the organization.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 09-21-2020 11:32 PM

this is one of two till’s I made that fit in the top of the chest, one has my dovetail tools and the other my rasps. They both fit neatly over the hand planes beneath. It makes it very easy to grab what I need with out taking the whole cabinet with me. I do need to put handles on it as it weighs well over 300lbs now. I will update it as I go.

-- John in Florida

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#11 posted 09-24-2020 11:20 AM

Added a drawer , looking for brass pulls and then I have to organize the drawer.

-- John in Florida

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#12 posted 09-24-2020 11:44 AM

A stunning piece – sorry to hear of the rust issue you face…

-- Bstrom

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#13 posted 10-01-2020 06:58 PM

Some build pics

-- John in Florida

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#14 posted 10-01-2020 07:56 PM

-- John in Florida

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#15 posted 10-02-2020 12:13 AM

Old school carpenter, great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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