A replica of the Benjamin Seaton Tool chest
In 2006 I decided to build a replica of the Seaton tool chest. The chest itself took about nine months working about three hours a day. Another hundred or so hours was spent making some of the tools for the chest. In addition to building the chest I wanted to duplicate the original inventory as closely as possible. I was able to get most of the planes from the shelves in my work shop. Other items like wooden squares, file handles and tools probably made by Seaton had to be fabricated. The most time consuming item to reproduce was the bevel gauge without a slot. The article referenced below has a list of the original inventory, what remains, and the planes and tools I have put in the chest.
I wrote an article on the project which can be seen at: http://www.wkfinetools.com/cCorner/art/seatonChest/Part1/sChest1.asp
This is my version of the cover of "The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton"
View of the chest back to front. The finished piece at the bottom of the photo is the sliding dustcover. The chest lid has not been installed at this point.
View of the molding planes stored in the bottom back of the chest. The row in the back is taken up by hollows and rounds number one through 16. The wedges and irons are in boxes behind a trap door.
The sliding till shown in place. This piece may be lifted out of the chest for easier access to the tools in the bottom.