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The chest is made out of cedar, salvaged from an old corner cabinet disassembled 20 years ago when we moved to our current house. Fortunately I kept the lumber in the attic for all this time.

I have been researching for a tool chest since a couple of months ago. (I don´t know why surfing the web is now called research)

I finally decided for a chest similar in size to Gerstner 92XL , but I didn´t like the fact that upper drawers are partially hidden by the front rail of the chest. So I made the upper case copying from DocK16´s blog (Woodsmith 183)

PS: This short video shows the lid and drawer opening

http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf

Overall measurement of this tool chest (HxWxD)

Cm 47x60x33 ( 18.5" x 23.5" x 13")

Top compartment cm 8 x 56 x 26 (3.125" x 22" x 10.25")

Drawers

(4) cm 4.9 x 9 x 27 (1.93"x 3.5" x 10.625")

(6) cm 16.5 x 3 x 27 (6.5" x 1.2" x 10.625")

(2) cm 16.5 x 3,5 x 27 (6.5" x 1.4" x 10.625")

(2) cm 56.5 x 4.5 x 27 (22.25" x 1.75"x 10.625")

(1) cm 56.5 x 6 x 27 (22.25"x 2.375" x 10.625")

Total 15 drawers

Total empty weight : A lot. This type of tool box should be placed on a roller chest.

I started building this chest by beginning of March this year. So at the end it took me 6 weekends as average.
A lot of distractions, besides daily work for a living, business trips, etc. Suddenly I was required to make and finish a couple of presents, such as the last chessboard . I still have one in progress.

Cutting the boards left quite a lot of scrap. Almost all the miter ends.



Meanwhile I saw Woodworker's Journal video. Couldn´t resist to build my Tambour Box from the corners leftovers. A fun distraction indeed.

One of the toughest parts was planning the measurements, and the cuts. Despite I choose a nice curly cedar for the small drawer fronts. I needed to redo some of them, and lost the nice continous grain pattern. (It could be worse)

For the measurements, I picked up Gertsner measures, and made the carcass. Measures of the drawers were taken from the dry assembled case.



I include a style and rail horizontal drawer separator dadoing the sides of the carcase. I did also make 3 vertical separators for the small drawers.



Trying to get aligned the drawers as much as possible was also a challenge. Got to get things right in four dimensions. Length, width, depth, and grain pattern !! I almost forgot about that. Knowledgeable people only concentrate in grain and design. I need to concentrate in the basics, just to say to protect my fingers. (Still a long way to go)

Drawers are standard tongue and groove jointed, and lined up with green vinyl.



Lid is box jointed in the sides with a mitered inlay in the borders. Piano hinge and neumatic support.



I know, that piston has nothing to do with this stile. But I liked the way it worked. I may change it in the next one.

Hope you enjoy.

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Nce job. very nice chest.
 

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WOW that's amazing fantastic tool Chest.
 

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this is VERY GOOD, excellent job!!! I have one of this on my TODO list.

Believe it or not I want to build a version of this for "my son" legos (well, I play the legos too :D).

Does it have any locking device for the drawers? this size is not the carrying type…
 

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That's one GREAT looking tool chest.
 

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Nicely Done! Always wanted to make one. Maybe someday.
 

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Very nice! I got to make one.
 

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Most folks wouldn't know how much labor goes into one of these cabinets. The season cedar makes this cabinet very antique looking but beautiful to say the least. Exceptional work on the draws, should functions for generation to come, hope you have a family member inline for this piece. Thanks for showing this wonderful cabinet, I bet it all fill with wonderful hand tool waiting for the next's assignment…BC
 

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Fernando

This tool chest is inspiring. Woderful job!

best
 

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Wow Fernando - this is awesome! I can imagine it is alot of work to get all those doors aligned and working right. Like the raised panel in the back.

Now time to load it up with stuff.

Jeff
 

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Very nice tool chest Fernando. It will be nice to have all these drawers for your tools. I especially like the drawer joints and the color mix that makes them stand out. Congrats and tks for sharing.
 

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Gorgeous tool chest, Fernando!

What a wonderful tribute to the salvaged wood.

Lew
 

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Thank you for your comments. It mean a lot to me.

@JM82435, Your chest is superb. Have you already lined your drawers ?

@Jim, thank you, glad you like it

Dedalo Rodrigo, a Lego like box seems great. The only way to lock the drawers is by closing the lid and the front cover., as in photo # 5.

@ Mike Thank you.

@WoodenWizard & @Matt Thank you both. I´ll tell you: Keep saying I have to do that, at all times, even repeating in the morning before and after breakfast. At some time your wives will beg you to start the building your chest.
 

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Well done , a tool box to enjoy for years! Great color and one to be proud of.
 

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A very nice tool chest. Most inspiring, something that stays in the shop and looks good doing it. You should be smiling everytime you open it for years to come.
 

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It's a beauty, I'm jealous. Thanks for sharing.
 

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what a nice tool chest!
something to be proud of
nice and big and lots of drawers to keep things organized
i am enjoying it very much and thanks for sharing
may be some day i will make one now that i got a taste

thanks
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Fernando, that is just a wonderful piece. Very nice workmanship too.
I can only imagine all the hours you have invested in it.
And I bet you are right, it must weigh a lot.

Steve
 

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Thank you all for the warm comments.

I have added a short video showing how the lid and front cover operates for the closing.

There are some considerations in the house as to whether this chest will be filled with tools, or with brushes, oils and watercolors. I guess the transaction will end up in building a second one.
 

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Beautiful chest! You'd better hurry up and ding it up a little or your better half will be cliaming it for silverware or sewing or something in the house!!
 
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