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Dovetail Tool Chest

comments (1) October 1st, 2008 in Reader's Gallery

MBerger Matt Berger, contributor
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Detail of dovetails and brass handle
Dovetail tool chest
Detail of dovetails and brass handle - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Detail of dovetails and brass handle

Photo: Matt Berger

This dovetailed tool chest was constructed using the plans and procedures detailed by Chris Gochnour in Fine Woodworking #169. The box is made of alder, a species that is well-suited for hand-tool work, with a top panel of redgum. It's finished with Waterlox oil-based varnish. I made a series of removable tills for the inside to hold my hand tools.

Dimensions: 16-1/2 in. deep by 29-1/2 in. wide by 14 in. tall.

Design or Plan used: Heirloom Tool Chest on

posted in: Reader's Gallery, dovetails, frame and panel, chest, alder, oil-based varnish

Comments (1)

JohnDeryck JohnDeryck writes: Nice to see dovetails. I have been working with alder also but the colour of the raw wood is a reddish brown. Did you apply a stain or is it a clear finish ???
Posted: 2:23 pm on January 23rd

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