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Forum topic by Bearcontrare posted 01-20-2021 10:29 PM 292 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bearcontrare

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01-20-2021 10:29 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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#1 posted 01-23-2021 03:11 PM

This is the kind of thing I had in mind when I posted this question

-- Barry, in Maryland

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#2 posted 01-23-2021 03:14 PM

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

-- Barry, in Maryland

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Bearcontrare

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#3 posted 01-23-2021 10:01 PM

Another historical precedent. And there are photos of vintage Stanley chests with tool storage lids as well.

-- Barry, in Maryland

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#4 posted 01-24-2021 01:51 AM

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

- Bearcontrare

I totally want this eventhough I would probably only use like 10% of the tools in it. I really like that little marking gauge, and the two clamps, and what i think is a tiny mitre box. That mini backsaw looks interesting too.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#5 posted 01-24-2021 03:52 PM

The Studley Chest being the unobtainable dream for most of us, and really, how the hell do you FIND anything in it, this chest would be more reachable for most of us. There is information on line about a fellow who made his own version of the H&S toolchest/workbench. Pretty nice. This chest did come with a very nice assortment of tools!!!

-- Barry, in Maryland

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