Tool chest wood considerations?

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Forum topic by laketrout36 posted 05-02-2014 09:40 AM 1334 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2014 09:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tool chest wood choice hardwoods

My next project is for me and it’s going to be a nice tool chest/box for some of my hand tools. This will primarily be for chisels, planes, saws, marking and layout itrms, and my sharpening stones.

Just recently I read that white oak might not be the best choice with regards to rusting or leeching of material from the white oak and rusting?/damaging the exposed metal of tools.

Given that information, What other wood choices would be durable and maybe better suited? I’d prefer to use hardwoods for this project. Dovetails and tongue & grooves and some pins will be the joinery used.

Thank you for reading and any insight


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#1 posted 05-02-2014 12:55 PM

The tannins in oak will react with steel if there is moisture present. Generally it stains the wood. Oak may not be the best wood just from a weight standpoint. Most folks want their tool chests to be light as possible because the contents are going to be heavy. A concern if you plan on lugging it around. Generally they are made of pine or poplar.

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 02:02 PM

Hard to go wrong with pine or poplar. But if it’s a chest on rollers then weight may not be an issue. You may know about The Wood Database but here is the link for anyone who doesn’t.

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