Ultimate Tool Chest is a Wheeled WonderComments (0)
By John English
If you’re like many woodworkers, your hand tools are stored just about everywhere in your shop. This versatile and handsome wheeled tool cabinet will help you get all your hand tools in one place – with a portable tote (and even a secret compartment) thrown in for good measure.
For the past two decades I’ve been using a couple of old falling-apart dressers to house my hand tools. Now that the kids are almost weaned, I’m finally starting to have a little free time. Instead of pouring it into a couple of hopeless cases, I decided to spend it building my dream tool chest.
Constructed of maple solids, birch multi-ply (aka Baltic birch) and walnut accents, this new home for my hand tools has six drawers in the base and lots more storage room in a removable tote. The tote lets me take my most-used tools to a job site, while casters on the chest let me roll the rest of them around the shop for convenience. Heavy-duty, full-extension slides provide access to drawer contents, while a removable lid lets me use any drawer as a worktop base.
Finally, with large scavenging teenagers roaming the property, I decided to build in a secret compartment where I can hide the last few dollars we own, or save my miniature rosewood square from being used as a paint-can opener.
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