Tool Chest with Drawers
Store your hand tools in style
Synopsis: This traveling tool box is designed to hold your essential hand tools, keeping them close at hand on a benchtop or countertop and tucking away easily when not in use. The design combines a deep till for planes and saws with a pair of drawers below. The sides and bottom are attached with through-dovetails, and the fixed shelf is attached with through-tenons. The rest of the joinery is mostly routed grooves and rabbeted panels.
Dimensions: 12-5/8 in. deep by 23-1/4 in. wide by 13 in. tall.
I teach woodworking on a regular basis, and I invariably would stuff hand tools into a canvas tote to take along with me. While convenient, the tote didn’t offer much protection in transit or easy access once I was at school. So I finally got around to making a traveling tool box that not only holds my tools more Tool Chest with Drawers Store your hand tools in style BY MICHAEL PEKOVICH securely but also lets me get at them when I need them.
You don’t need to be an itinerant woodworker to make good use of this chest. While a wall-hung tool cabinet like the one I made for a recent Video Workshop might offer more storage, it also requires dedicated wall space. If you haven’t set up a permanent shop yet and need to stow your tools on occasion, a tool chest makes sense. This small case will house your essential hand-tool collection, keep it close at hand on a benchtop or countertop, and tuck away just as easily. Another reason I like it is that it has forced me to think about which hand tools I really need. For more on that, check out my free video at FineWoodworking.com/extras.
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