Fine Furniture for Tools
Tool chest combines storage and convenience while showing off its maker's skills
Synopsis: Steven Thomas Bunn needed a toolbox that, like the journeyman’s boxes, was an advertisement and demonstration of his capabilities. He ruled out wall-hung options and made drawers that he can remove and carry to his workbench. Here, he explains how to build the carcase and make the slide-in drawer dividers. He made a board-and-spline back to allow for seasonal movement. A detailed project plan shows all the parts and how the braced legs attach and support the frame-and-panel doors.
I wanted a toolbox that was both visually striking and had a lot of storage space. Appearance was a prime consideration because as a one-man shop, I can’t afford to keep finished work around as showpieces, and piles of wood or half-finished parts are not impressive to a drop-in client who isn’t familiar with cabinetmaking. I needed a toolbox that, like the journeyman’s boxes of old, was an advertisement…