Tool Chest

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 10-05-2012 06:03 PM 15071 views 29 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This is my tool chest I finished back a few months ago. If anyone is seeing this for the first time I have a blog I wrote about the entire build.

The chest is roughly 38” wide, 22” long (front to back) and 24” deep (top to bottom). It is made from eastern white pine and white oak. The hardware is identical to the hardware used on Chris Schwarz’s Anarchist Tool Chest, which is from Horton Brass Inc.

The shell of the chest, skirts and the sliding tills are dovetailed and the lid is a double raised frame and panel. The bottom if the chest is tongue and groove and the bottom of the tills are ship lapped white oak. The top two tills are 2 3/4” deep and the bottom till is 4 1/4” deep. All three tills are 9” from front to back. The bottom front of the chest has a till for holding up to six drawknives and the space at the back of the chest is for moulding/joinery planes. The main space in the bottom of the chest is for bench planes and is about 11 1/2” by 36”. Along the front wall of the chest I have nails spaced every 3” which allow me to hang various custom tool rolls I have made, which can be seen here.

I still need to build a saw till which will go on the inside of the lid, but until I have all the saws I need I am going to wait.

The inside of the chest is left without a finish, but the outside of the chest has pitch black on marigold yellow milk paint finished with linseed oil.

I have been using this chest for a few months now and I am very pleased with how it helps organize my tools and keep them safe from dust. Now that my tools have specific storage places I can keep my workbench clean which helps get work done faster, safer and easier. Plus it looks great in the shop!

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-05-2012 06:08 PM

That’s a nice tool chest!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-05-2012 06:20 PM

Very nice job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 07:28 PM

Looks real nice…

How do you move it?
What do you hold on to?

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#4 posted 10-05-2012 10:01 PM

It just rolls around on casters. If it needs to be picked up you can grab it by the upper skirt when the chest is empty or underneath the chest if it is full. I may make wooden handles for the sides of the chest one day. Not sure though.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 11:30 PM

I have said it before and I will say it again, Carter, you do nice work! Very nice. This project is no exception. It has turned out beautifully. I really like the paint on the exterior, it adds a nostalgic feel to the chest. You are blessed with a wonderful gift from God.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 11:32 PM

A great looking and classic tool chest ,very nice work.


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#7 posted 10-05-2012 11:39 PM

Excellent craftsmanship!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 11:54 PM

can we see a picture with it loaded please

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#9 posted 10-06-2012 12:49 AM

Great work. You’ll get good use out of it!

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#10 posted 10-06-2012 01:34 AM

Very well done, congrats!

-- John, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 10-06-2012 01:41 AM

You got skills Carter! Great chest!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 10-06-2012 01:44 AM

Damn thats one fine tool chest! Great job on the paint job too!

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 10-06-2012 01:47 AM

Thanks for the compliments. If anyone wants to see the chest full with tools just visit the build blog linked above and view the last few posts.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#14 posted 10-06-2012 01:47 AM

very nice tool chest, love the finish work as well.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#15 posted 10-06-2012 02:00 AM

Nice chest. Reminds me of an old tool chest, built by my mother’s uncle, that I passed on to my son (who just turned 42). The built in handle in the lid is a neat feature. Would like to know how you attached the tongue and groove bottom.

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