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I've been dragging my feet about posting this chest since it seems to be never fully completed. I'm still making upgrades to the tool mounts. It started at a tool making company in Maine and a woodworking writer teaching the class


We had the carcass done in two days! That was in July of 2014, ten months to fine tune. I work slow!

We couldn't find the clamps so we resorted to old school methods, cut nails in the dovetails


From there I made the breadboard top, used a 45 for most of the fitting


I took my time setting up the interior, experience with my Anarchist chest taught me that. The hardware is from Lee Valley and Van Dykes. The paint is Old Fashioned Milk paint ( Mustard yellow covered then with Liberty Green) Still need to wax it.

The saw till on the lid was stollen from Brad design and plans. I made it from Ipe'. The only tailed tool used was a router to cut the saw slots.




The lower section has my boring tools, shoulder plane, mallet, fret saws, and spokeshaves.




All of the joining and fitting was done with vintage hand tools.

Tell me what ya think.

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Kev your chest has always been pretty dang snazzy. Awesome to see posted here in "final" form. Your layout design seems rather inspired and well organized and thought out, I know I for sure am gonna shamelessly steal some of the ideas when I get around to building a chest. Some great craftsmanship on display here. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Kev, I enjoyed watching the build and mods on the Dream Toolbox thread. Great chest and the Schwarz connection is way cool.
 

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Tanks boys. Apreciate the kind words.
 

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Your chest looks good Kevin. Great to see it with the tools in it.
 

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Great layout and exicution, Kev. Do you find yourself able to comfortably work out of it?
 

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Knock, thank you
Todd, so far yes. I'll be using it as a traveling chest in the fall when I go back to my furniture classes, that will be the test.
 

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Charles, thank you.
 

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Kevin, the Dutchy looks great, and the layout and tools you've added to it bring it to 'wonderful' status. Very nice. A gentle ribbing, though, on the phillips head screws in the handles… Cut nails = galoot; phillips not so much. I have phillips brasses in my tool chest and it's driving me nuts to replace, but I've not found the right size (they're for the saw till pulls, maybe custom size?).

The holders / bracket for the brace and eggbeaters is pure genius, too.
 

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Smitty, yea on the philips. Unfortunately the handle countersinks are metric, still looking for black replacements.
 

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Kevin the chest looks great. Some things you can't rush and it shows in the details. I know you'll keep us posted on the furniture classes. Enjoy.

I like the green
 

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Very well fitted and everything in sight. I imagine tailoring the tools in place to be the rewarding parts of the build. I've finally started on my dream tool place after a long settling stage. I hope the build to be as long. Nice work Kevin, now one in every color. My measuring and marking tool collection could warrant a chest of it's own.
 

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Great looking build and it compliments your tool collection.
Does one ever finished their tool chests?
 

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I really like the brace section, TOF! Might copy that part, myself! Thanks for sharing.
 

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Excellent Kevin! Now I have something to follow while I finish my own, on about the same timeline lol
 

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Thanks everyone. It was as much fun filling it as it was building it.

Bob Current, not really. As you use them you rearrange things for efficiency. ( or in my case to fit in more stuff!)
 

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Isn't fitting more stuff just a way of more efficiently storing your tools? That's how I look at it lol
 

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^ Works for me!
 
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