Tool Chest

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A stately home for your hand tools

By Paul Anthony

Overall dimensions: 28"w × 147⁄8"d × 15"h

There comes a point when you realize that dumping planes, squares, chisels, and other hand tools into some box or drawer is just plain abusive. It’s this kind of disregard that leads to nicked cutting edges, imprecise measuring tools, and time lost to disorganization. Good tools deserve a good chest built specifically to house, protect, and organize them.

Here’s a chest that’s designed to accommodate a good-sized collection of common woodworking tools. Four judiciously sized drawers will hold everything from small squares and chisels to screwdrivers and smoothing planes without wasting space. Full-extension slides allow easy access to items at the rear of the drawer, and a hinged top lifts to reveal a shallow upper case at the top of the chest for tools that can remain in the open all day if you like.

The construction itself is fairly simple, consisting of a lower case and upper case attached by screws. I used through dovetails for the case joints because they’re virtually indestructible. The upper case consists of the lid and a frame that screws to the bottom case. To prevent the lid from cupping, I outfitted it with breadboard ends.


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