Wooden Mechanics style tool box/chest

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Blog entry by tooldad posted 09-12-2009 09:15 AM 7434 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is my next project, a wooden mechanic’s style tool chest and I will have a matching top to go with it. All in all I expect about 30 drawers. At least I bought enough of the handle material to do so. My plan is full extension drawer slides. 2 1/2” drawers except for the bottom 2 rows. The top chest will have a hinged lid with shock absorber supports. If I’m going to drop a grand on a nice toolbox, I might as well build it, is my thinking.

My question for the masses is wood type. I have some prefinished maple ply leftover from a cabinet job. That is my carcase. Pretty much that is set unless someone can convince me otherwise. The reason for that is durability and I only have to finish drawer fronts and face frame this way.

I want some contrast. one of my first thoughts was walnut faceframe, and cherry drawer fronts. I sprayed some aerosol clearcoat on a couple of scraps and I think over time the cherry will darken and not keep enough of a contrast.

My wood choices are oak, walnut, cherry. I have all these in stock. I can order maple on the next lumber order, but haven’t checked the price.

Let me know your thoughts.

Tool Chest Sketchup image

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 01:13 PM

I like the cherry look, rich. Stain some and leave some natural gives a good L&D contrast.

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