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This project was born from a couple of needs. I've begun carving, mostly picture frames for my artist/wife, so I've been acquiring carving chisels. At first, I'd keep them rolled up in a leather tool roll but seems as if 3 out of 10 times one would fall out and hit that concrete floor-edge first of course! That's when this idea was hatched.
The other need was one to continue to hone my woodworking skills now that the part time furniture work I do has slowed considerably due to our economy. Last of all, like all of you I have a pile of good wood that's too nice to burn or throw out but yet not quite enough to make a full project.
The chest measures about 16" deep x 19" wide x 24" tall. The drawer fronts are Bloodwood and the amount of material dictated their dimensions. My initial design was to hone my blind dovetails but the hardness of the Bloodwood and a broken tip on a skew chisel changed that to dowelled joinery. The handles are scraps of a beautiful piece of quilted Maple that also had birds eye in it. This was used on a crib for my grandson. The back came from an 8/4 piece of Maple and was re-sawn, tongue and grooved and used to make a floating panel. The sides are from that same piece of Maple.
Below the hinged top is where I'll store my planes, dovetail saw, and …..?, not sure yet. I'll figure that one out and then make divisions to keep things organized. You can see how I'm using leftover slats from the crib as dividers in the drawers. The top pivots on brass rods whose ends are threaded to accept an acorn nut.
The final challenge I gave myself was to carve a panel for the top. What better subject than the planes stored below it. I traced the #4 Smooth plane on it and went to work. That panel is a piece of Cherry that I re-sawed and book matched. Unfortunately it also featured some gnarly grain-what better way to practice huh?
This was a great project, hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed designing and creating it.

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Wow,

Last week I've been think about my workshop and hoe to store my handtools. This amazing chest gives a lot of inspiration!!

Thanks for posting!

Rick
 

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Nicely done.
 

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Nice job, man. Love the added touch of the carved top.
 

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Nice job on this I really like how you did the drawer handles. Give it so much flow and interest! Well done all the way around.
 

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Great looking chest!
 

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GREAT LOOKING CHEST. lOVE THE DETAIL AND THE TOP PATTERN IS OUTSTANDING. THANKS FOR POSTING
 

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Thanks all, appreciate all of your positive responses. Big fish-like your quote from Van Gogh. I find that I get as much, if not more, enjoyment from the process as I do from the final product.
 

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Handsome. Very handsome.
 

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Great looking chest. Your carving tool now have a fine place to rest..

Thanks for sharing
 

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John, This really turned out great! Love the ascending drawer pulls and the carved lid is fantastic! Don't know why but not receiving your blog! I signed up! Keep up the good work!

Brian
 

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And a carving to top it off!!! Excellent job! Thanks for the post!
 

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Great looking chest. I like the carving!
 

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If this doesn't set off a bunch of copy cats, I don't know what will. Very impressive. This has to make the Hot Projects!
 

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enjoyed it ….what are you talking about …you owe me a new keyboard man
but if you sendt it over incl. tools I won´t complain anymore

nice design great executed , thank´s for sharing ….but I won´t show it to my tools
they will bug me untill they have fine apartments too

take care
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Dennis, afraid I can't send it to you-my tools are so happy now that they have a nice "apartment". Glad you liked the chest.
 
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