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This is the Heirloom Tool Chest that Chris Gochnour wrote about in Fine Woodworking #169. I took the course on using hand tools at MASW with Chris and this is the project that we built. I was exposed to so much during this course that I can hardly wait until I can attend another week long course. I hope I can attend another one of Chris's courses because he is an excellent instructor and also a really great guy to be around.
The wood is cherry and it is what I had on hand so that is why the panels have an obvious joint in the center of them. All of the work was done using hand tools except for the milling process. The dovetails were all cut using a carcass saw that I borrowed from Chris for the class and later purchased from him. I use it a lot and it is in need of a good sharpening. The finish on the cabinet is just two coats of Minwax Antique Oil. I love the finish because it is so simple to use and it makes the wood grain really come to life. I should have put on about four coats but I wanted to get it finished so that I could move on to another project. Hope you like it.

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Hi Joe
Nice looking Heirloom Tool Chest. The hand cut dovetails look excellent. Your choice of wood and finish make the chest shine.
 

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I would call this an extra nice tool Chest , really like those dovetails, I`m gona try some one day.
Great job , like the shine
 

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Joe,

This is a beautiful tool chest. I just hope that you aren't planning to put it in your shop!!!! I would suggest a plywood tool chest there but this one is much too nice. You dovetailing is excellent.

thanks for sharing.
 

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Hi Joe

You did a beautiful job on your chest. You should be pleased with the way it turned out. Thank you for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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Really nice. The handwork, especially the dovetails, is outstanding.
 

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Beautifully done Joe. A real antique of the future. I hope it's signed and dated.
 

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Very nice chest. Love the cherry, the joinery, particularly the mitered dovetail base trim.
 

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Looks like a tool box to me. Great job!
 

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on my favorites list…
 

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Great work on that chest! Nice joinery!
 

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Like YS said mkae sure you sign and date it for it is bound to be an antique of the the future. Nice Job!
 

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Thanks everyone for the comments. Yes, it is signed and dated and I'm still debating whether or not to use it as a tool chest. Right now it is holding sweaters in our bedroom and I like that because I get to see it everyday whereas in my shop I wouldn't.
 

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I really like this and see one similiar in my future. Going to a class helps your skills advance quickly. Thanks for sharing this.
 

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You've done a great job on this, you'll enjoy it for years to come. I really like the dovetails…
 

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Nice job on the chest. Looks too good to be a toolbox.

But them again. We need to do good things for ourselves also.
 

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Apparently I missed this earlier. It's a really great looking box. Your tools are lucky :)

Kerry
 

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Great proportions…....good job!
 

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Excellent. Now to begin work on those journeyman's papers…
 

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What are the part numbers for the handles and lid catch. Thanks for your help.
 
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