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Bearcontrare

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01-20-2021 10:28 PM

Last Spring I acquired a very nice small vintage tool chest. Some of you may have seen the photos in the thread “Weekend Find”. Inside dimensions are 24” X 12”. There is one removable till above the main tool well. This chest is sitting on one of those rolling tool cabinets, which puts it at a very convenient height at which to retrieve from it. The tools most likely to be used from it are already being put into it, and the arrangement is working out very well so far. I can leave the lid open while working from it, and get what is needed easily.
My question for the good folks here concerns the lid. There is a 24” X 12” X 2 1/2” space there that is being wasted by being completely blank. The idea of storing layout items, such as a square, bevel and marking gauge has occurred, as with the lid open, these items would be “at the ready”. The tools would of course need to be hung in such a manner that they would stay in place when the lid closes. I have also thought of making a brace bit rack or coping saw holder or something of that nature. I have enough vintage wood laying around so it would blend nicely with the chest and old tools.
Would appreciate input from folks who who have ACTUALLY created such storage in a tool chest lid. Thank you in advance for your insight!

-- Barry, in Maryland


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Lazyman

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#1 posted 01-20-2021 11:14 PM

I just saw this video for some customization of a Dutch toolbox. At about 12 minutes in, you will see how he put some tools on the underside of the lid that might be helpful. He made holders with rare earth magnets to help hold them in place.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Bearcontrare

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#2 posted 01-23-2021 02:52 PM

This is the kind of thing I had in mind when I

-- Barry, in Maryland

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Bearcontrare

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#3 posted 01-23-2021 03:05 PM

Yeah, the last one is the ultimate, but y’all get the idea….

-- Barry, in Maryland

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Ocelot

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#4 posted 01-23-2021 03:54 PM

I had to respond to the”ultimate” comment above with the H. O. Studley tool chest in case you haven’t seen it.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Bearcontrare

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#5 posted 01-23-2021 05:13 PM

I actually got to see the Studley Chest when it was displayed at the Smithonian Institution’s Museum of American History. My brothers and I made a special pilgrimage downtown DC to see it. Total tool porn!!! There is no other way of describing this manificent creation. The museum actually sold POSTERS of the Studley Too Chest. Of course, I can’t find mine now…... but this chest is UN-BEE-LEEVE-ABLE!!

-- Barry, in Maryland

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Sylvain

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#6 posted 01-24-2021 03:04 PM

have a look at what this guy did:
https://covingtonandsons.com/2020/08/22/toolchests-part-8-under-the-lid/

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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Bearcontrare

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#7 posted 01-24-2021 03:47 PM

Wow! That’s WAY cool!!! Like the way he wrote the article, too. Great information.

-- Barry, in Maryland

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