Gentleman’s Tool Chest
Rick Long, an avid tool collector, builds a chest for his favorite antique tools based on The Gent's tool chest, originally sold by Hammacher Schlemmer.
Synopsis: The Gent’s tool chest, originally sold by Hammacher Schlemmer and designed by Theodore Doegler, looks like a handsome chest of drawers when closed. When open, it reveals specialized storage for hundreds of tools, plus a workbench and two vises. Rick Long built one like it to showcase his collection of antique tools, gathered over a lifetime of woodworking.
Like most woodworkers, hobbyist to professional, I’ve spent almost all of my shop time making pieces for others over the years. But a few years ago, after three decades as a woodshop teacher outside Richmond, Va., and having recently become an empty nester with newfound free time, I decided to create a piece just for me, to represent my passion for collecting antique woodworking tools.
Most of us remember an issue of Fine Woodworking from July/August 1988 when the back cover of the magazine featured an awe-inspiring object: H.O.…