Build an Heirloom Tool Chest
This classic storage chest offers a lesson in efficient woodworking.
Synopsis: The tool chest described in this article is practical, enduring, and simple. Building it with hand tools can be a bridge to an era when woodworkers had an abundance of skill, but no power tools. Practicing the techniques will make you more confident with your hand tools and afterward, you may find them an indispensable resource in your day-to-day shop tasks. From dovetails to pins and finish options, Chris Gochnour shows you how to build an admirable chest.
A cabinetmaker’s tool chest embodies a certain nostalgia and charm for modern woodworkers. It speaks of a time when craftsmen had few tools but an abundance of skill. Tool chests often served as a calling card to display a craftsman’s talents. However, some were utilitarian, built simply to house tools.
The tool chest described in this article is of the latter kind—practical, enduring, and simple. But in a time…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.