Tool chest inspired by NBSS chest on "Rough Cut"

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Project by JasonD posted 09-16-2013 04:47 AM 3106 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a place to put my growing tool collection and between seeing an article in Fine Woodworking about the NBSS-style tool chest along with Tommy Mac’s video series on his website, there was no doubt what I was going to build.

This is the largest dovetailed box that I’ve made to date. The wood for the carcase was special because it was the first present that my son ever bought for me. He didn’t know what to get for my birthday years ago and eventually decided to buy some wood (2 planks of Ponderosa Pine). It’s been sitting in my shop for a while waiting for the right project. It’s a very unique wood to work; really soft which makes some tasks much easier and others very difficult.

The drawer bodies and guides / runners are Southern Yellow Pine. The drawer fronts are Red Alder. The finish is about 6 coats of amber dewaxed shellac. The carcase is joined with through dovetails. The drawer sides / backs are joined with through dovetails and the drawer sides / fronts are joined with half blind dovetails. This was the first time that I’ve ever tried half blind dovetails. The drawer pulls were carved from SYP scraps left over from building the drawers.

The pics are:
1. Finished tool chest showing the half blind dovetails on the drawer fronts.
2. The finished chest from the front.
3. Transferring the tails over to the pin boards.
4. Dry fit of the carcase dovetails.

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 01:16 PM

Really nice work, you will love this project every-time you open the drawer to get a tool. I love the one I made and its gets nicer as the wood darkens.

-- Richard D. Wile, IG: @rdwile

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 02:40 PM

That is a good looking chest. I like the different size dovetails. Great story with the wood.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 03:06 PM

This is a beautiful chest and a fine addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 10:45 PM

Jason, nice work. You may want post this on the tool chest of your dreams thread in hand tool forum

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

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Jorge G.

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 10:46 PM

How are the pulls made? Nice box, should come handy.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 11:20 PM

Great work, I have always wanted to make one of these.

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

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#7 posted 09-17-2013 12:23 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. Having worked for so long with a handful of tools in a small wall cabinet and the rest laying around getting in the way, the organization this tool chest gives me is priceless.

Jorge G., I cut some pine scraps about 3” x 1/2” x 1/4” (just a little over-sized of that), planed them 4 square between my small planing stop and shooting boards, and finally shaped them up with a chisel using my bench hook.

If I get a chance this week, I’ll take some pics of how I carved them using the bench hook and a chisel. It was pretty straight forward and simple.

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#8 posted 09-17-2013 12:55 AM

You did a great job. I really like the looks of the dovetails on the drawers. That is a wonderful addition to your shop!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#9 posted 09-17-2013 05:14 AM

Looks great!

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#10 posted 09-17-2013 10:45 PM

Very nice work Jason.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 06:42 PM

Beautiful and functional build. Great design and storage got a collection of your hand tools. Great work!

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