Tool Chest Revised

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Project by dragonnotes posted 08-06-2012 11:51 AM 4193 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings fellow woodworkers,
I recently had back surgery and haven’t been able to do much in the shop other than draw and sketch out ideas. My surgeon told me a way to deal with chronic pain is to get almost “obsessed” with a hobby or project, so that the first the you think of in the morning, waking up at 3 or 4am, is your project, not your pain. I am also a professional pianist, but can’t sit at the bench a practice for very long.
So here is the result of my first obsession. I pulled out every tool I have and made a place for it in or on the tool chest. I drew inspiration and continue to do so from Studley, (of course,) and many of you, so thank you, thank you, thank you.
The first post is here
I put all my chisels and carving tools upfront. Nicer layout tools on the immediate inside and cheapie layout tools on the back side of that. My creative process, and I know it’s different for all, works in kind of a frenzy. I need to know exactly where all my tools are, and have them ready to go, otherwise the spark and momentum will dissipate, as I’m searching for a tool, or fixing a tool, or trying to figure out how I need to do what I need to do with a different tool, when I know that I have the exact tool that will do the job and just can’t find it!
This was actually a very relaxing project and it did keep me from thinking about the pain.
I welcome all comments, ideas for improvements, ideas for other work flow, order etc.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 12:36 PM

Nice build! Everything at your fingertips. Question…why did you choose holes instead of slots on some of the brackets? I understand the holes with the narrow profile carving tools on the left top, but below it, some chisels are in slots and some in holes. I know you have a rationale and it’s in 4/4 time!.... I’ve added your build to favorites and asking these questions because I need to build the same thing. I like the peg board approach…relocating a bracket is easy if needed as you EXPAND your collection. I said ‘as’ not ‘if’ :) ....can’t ever have too many tools!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 03:37 PM

The chisels seem to work better in slots. The carving tools held better in holes. I tried both. The 3rd rack up from the bottom on the left side is made up of 2 rails that held the butt chisels better than holes and slots. The ferrels on those were ever so slightly different sizes and having one high and/or lower than the others drove me crazy. It also ended up holding some making gauges as a bonus. I know some people hate the pegboard, but I don’t mind it. Like to said it allows me to reconfigure when necessary. Some brackets are resting on pegboard hooks. I drill some pegboard hooks into a rack at a slight angle to have the rack sit straight and some are held by finish nails, driven in and bent at a 90˚. Hope that helps. Oh, and the knives are held by rare earth magnets, resting on a base. Does anyone have any links and/or ideas for a combination plane/saw till?

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#3 posted 08-06-2012 03:55 PM

Nice work and very well organized


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#4 posted 08-06-2012 03:59 PM

Now, that is a really nice tool chest. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-06-2012 04:28 PM

This brings tears to my eyes. If your surgeon tells you that you should continue doing whatever project obsessed you, I have a shop full of tools lying around that would love a nice home like this.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 09:43 AM

Well done and very organized!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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