Woodworker: Tyler Chartier
While enrolled in the School of Fine Woodworking at Red Rocks Community College in Colorado, Chartier needed to bring the requisite hand tools to class. Not wanting to lug his collection haphazardly in a bucket or a lunchbox-type case, and inspired by a poster of the H.O. Studley tool chest, Chartier designed and built this sophisticated attaché case to transport his tools comfortably and with style. Made of cherry, the case holds 35 hand tools, 28 of which have custom-sized cubbies or slots. Hidden beneath three hinged panels are compartments for smaller items, such as utility knives, pencils, and notebooks. The interior partitions are connected with sliding dovetails—34 in all—and the sides, top, and bottom of the case are joined with hand-cut dovetails. Chartier is now a full-time woodworker.
Photos: Michael Pekovich, Autumn Fuentes; drawing: John Hartman