LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
69 Posts
I want to build a classic tool chest to hold some tools. It will be fairly large and primarily contain an air compressor and a 10" miter saw.

It seems to me, the sides ought to be fine out of 1/2" plywood. All of the boxes I've seen appear to use 3/4 material, either plywood or solid. From there, they also add another band of 3/4" solid wood which I think is a good idea.

Has anyone tried to build one with 1/2" walls? If so, how did it work out?

I saw a build on YouTube in which the walls were 3/4" plywood and the top was 1/2". That strikes me as opposite to how it ought to be. If something heavy is set on it, or someone sits on it, it might warp a bit if made out of 1/2.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,505 Posts
If it were me, I'd just glue up some pine 1×8's and make the whole thing out of that with a 2×4 frame. Half inch plywood is not very strong.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,792 Posts
I have made several rolling cabinets with 1/2" plywood and used some 2×4 plAned to make internal farmers. You can see them in my projects.

The plywood is plenty strong but you need to use some frames to help. I have put my DeWalt 735 planer on these cabinets and it weighs around 100#.

Plywood like all other materials has a place…
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
69 Posts
Thanks for the responses.

I'm not interested in using solid wood. This is not going to be a piece of fine furniture with fine planes and heirloom quality hand tools. I love those tool chests and admire them greatly. That's not what this is about, though.

It's going to be a rough and tumble job box, although I plan to make it slightly nicer than necessary. Still, it's going to take some bumps and scrapes.

Primary contents will be: air compressor and 10" non-sliding miter saw.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
356 Posts
A lot of it depends on what type of plywood you use. 1/2" Baltic Birch will be plenty strong. You haven't said how you plan on joining the pieces together, that is probably more important than whether you use 1/2" or 3/4" ply.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
69 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Welty, that is a beautiful piece of furniture!

I plan to use fir plywood from the home center. Joints will be 1" finger joints, cut on the band saw.

Bottom and top will be 3/4 plywood with battons.

Plywood box size will be 40×20 x 20. Exterior trim and battons will bring dimensions to 42×22 x 22.

1/2 is preferred because I want to keep the box as light as possible. I need it to hold 150# of materials but most of that weight will be resting directly on the bottom (Rolair JC10 - 39# and Hitachi C10FCH2 - 24#).

It will be a job sitet box. I expect it will be moved every couple of weeks.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top