Tool Chest

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Project by nralien posted 08-25-2012 02:06 AM 3295 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new tool chest to put on the bottom shelf of the workbench. I’m getting sick of hunting through a cardboard box to find what I need. Birch plywood case with maple edging and a mix of woods for the drawers and pulls. I think it would have been better with a single type of wood for the drawers with the grain properly matched. Oh well, I keep telling myself it’s just a tool box.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#1 posted 08-25-2012 02:08 AM

Never enough storage for little things!

I am sure you will be glad you made it.

All the Best!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 08-25-2012 02:18 AM

I agree that it probably would have been better with a single type of wood for the drawers, but it’s still way nicer than most tool boxes out there !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 07:38 AM


Now that is way better

I like the colour coding

When you are stuck up a ladder you

can tell whoever is around which drawer the tool is in


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 08-25-2012 12:36 PM

I like it just like it is…..different!

Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 08-25-2012 01:55 PM

I really like it and I need to make a couple of them for the bottom shelf of my workbench.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#6 posted 08-25-2012 04:04 PM

well done… good idea for the different wood drawer fronts… shows how they would look with a finish or even different finishes… a practical sample board serving a useful purpose… I am sure that is what you had in mind.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 08-25-2012 04:37 PM

Ahh, sure, that’s it.

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#8 posted 08-25-2012 05:14 PM

Looks great, nice job

-- Ben from IL

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#9 posted 08-25-2012 06:52 PM

that bottom drawer does seem to be an odd one out. I think it just lacks a little balance. Maybe you could change the top center drawer front to the same wood as the bottom to give it some balance.
Still a nice looking box the way it is and i’m needing to make one myself and will be in the near future.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#10 posted 08-25-2012 07:01 PM

I like it this way – a lot. The heavier (darker) drawer front is on the bottom, you have some dark handles at the top. I think it looks good and balanced. This will help you grab the right drawer when you need something. it is for the shop – and every shop needs a bit of whimsey!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#11 posted 08-26-2012 10:42 PM

It’s nice the way it is. The bottom drawer definitely anchors. Construction looks great. Be proud you used up your scraps. Didn’t look to see where you are from but you qualify as a New England Yankee. We use everything we have and don’t throw out anything useable. Good work. Thanks for sharing.


-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#12 posted 08-28-2012 09:54 PM

Nice, with each drawwr really different you can remember where some of the small stuff is maybe… Good Job and having the guts to experiment a bit…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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