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Tool Chest Contest Winner is Selectedcomments (28) July 1st, 2009 in blogs
After receiving nearly 100 entries for our Tool Chest Contest, selecting a final winner was tough, to say the least. The entries varied from the simple and utilitarian, to chests so ornate they seemed just as appropriate for the dining room as for the workshop.
In the end, however, we were drawn to Gregg Novosad's Lonnie Bird-Inspired Tool Chest. Incorporating a variety of joinery techniques, Novosad's first attempt at inlay work is a testament to perseverance. The piece was inspired by a secretary built by acclaimed woodworker Lonnie Bird and features figured mahogany, tiger maple, tulipwood, and padauk.
But it wasn't just Gregg's work that stood out. Below, you'll find a list of other notable entries well worth pointing out. Here's to a job well done! He wins a SawStop professional cabinet tablesaw.
Other Notable Entries
Greene & Greene isn't a style of furniture that normally comes to mind when one thinks of a tool chest. Dave Abramoff added a bit of flair to his tool storage with elements from this signature style while taking an Introduction to Woodworking class.
Ben Broili made a bold choice for his tool chest, selecting spalted maple for the door and drawer fronts. The book-matched doors preserve the wood's natural shape, letting the grain do all the talking.
Gallery member realmccoy01 incorporated walnut and flame maple in a simple and cleanly-executed design that offers lots of space in a pleasingly-proportioned cabinet.
Terry Schneider's Rolling Piano Tool Chest has got to be one of the most creative ways to repurpose an old instrument we've ever seen.
Gallery member garyzim wowed us with his seven-and-a-half month-long project dubbed "My Neander Haven." His labor of love contains some 48 drawers, each constructed using hand-cut dovetails.
Bruce Bartlett really went the extra mile with his very portable chest. Several of his drawers use insets for each-and-every bit, plane, spoke shave, and square. This was a wonderful example of what can be accomplished with wood scraps.
Tom Fidgen's simple, clean and utilitarian design caught our eye when we noticed his incorporation of dedicated holes for clamps. This allows for a more versatile chest while on job sites.
FineWoodworking.com has more gallery challenges to come in the future. Our Creative Bookcases competition runs through July 27.
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