Traditional Cabinet Maker Tool Chest from sheet goods and pine board

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Project by TDog posted 10-15-2013 03:31 AM 4527 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Traditional Tool Chest using home center type materials

I ordered the Video Download by Chris Schwarz on Build a Traditional Tool Chest in roughly two days using home center materials such as screws, birch plywood, and some solid pine board trim.

I did hand plane the bevel on the dust skirts with my block plane as I had my table saw at another location and did not feel like fighting with my skil-saw for all those bevel cuts. And hey! Making shavings is a lot more fun than making sawdust, everybody knows that…LOL ok it’s preference, but my family sure appreciated the lack of as much dust in my shop.

Go for the build if you have not yet, and you enjoy studying and thinking through tool chests and storage options for plenty of shop tools, especially traditional hand tools. And if you work another job full time, this will be right up your alley as it is not as nearly as time intensive as dovetailing a whole tool chest including trim and trays (which I have done on a smaller scale-it was very rewarding and as always a learning experience). See my projects for that one.

The traditional tool chest can serve multiple purposes, the chest that is: A tool chest with sliding tills; a large coffee table and conversation peace, a great home accessory with “presence and heft”; a bridal chest, a great toy box; The possibilities are pretty numerous.

Economic Points:
After I purchased all the sheet goods, solid pine board, screws, hinges, and hardware It was somewhere between $150-$200 total cost including paint. So, I say its the almost the perfect tool chest for the current decade and economy. However, if your a purest, as I am at heart at least, I missed the dovetails “some” and stock preparation. But, I certainly loved the efficiency and time my family spent using it to serve lunch on as I had some weekend left on Saturday to enjoy with them after finishing the chest. It took me a total of about 4-5 days to complete it with hit and miss hours over a period of two weeks and throwing in some Saturdays. I also work 2 jobs. Like I said, its a great project.

Video download overview:
Downloading it may take a bit long depending on your PC system. But it is worth it. It is very clear with instruction and examples and demonstration. If you are looking for entertainment go elsewhere. If you are looking for guidance on getting the chest built properly and in a timely manner, buy the DVD or download the video. Remember, you can build one for yourself and many more over time to serve many purposes for friends and family…and hey! who wouldn’t like a nice large blanket chest custom painted for Christmas handmade or “hybrid” made by a family member.

1. Skil Saw
2. Drill
3. Block Plane
4. Chop Saw
5. Hammer and Trim Nails
6. Ye old wood glue

If you made it this far on this submission, thanks and God bless ya! Have a great day.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 04:27 AM

Nice job, T! Sounds like you had fun, learned a thing or two and got a usable product at the end. Trifecta!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 07:46 AM

Looks like you had help. Nice looking piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 11:51 PM

Tdog, Looks like a great project. I like the look of it. Did you make any tills for in it? Or just going with the blanket chest concept?

I have been thinking about a hope chest for my daughter in the next year or two. This might be just thing.

Glad to see a post from you btw, hope all is well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 12:06 AM

Looks like a great item. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 06:32 AM

I built the tills when I was tired. So I have to cut them to graduated length and install them. They are the same length as the chest currently…darn blasted…LOL thanks guys

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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