I do a bit of woodcarving, and like to keep my tools organized. I built this chest from some black walnut that I got for free. Finish is Watco Medium Walnut teak oil. The hardware is nickel plated steel from Gerstner & Sons. I had an original Gerstner machinist's chest many years ago and really like the hardware. Spendy, but worth it. Sadly, I soon outgrew it. It sits in my bedroom now, with knives and other odds and ends in it.

Finishing this was interesting. First, I used a wiping poly that ended up with an uneven surface. Ground that off and sprayed Helmsman Spar Varnish, which came out really dry/orange peeled. Ground that off and went with the teak oil, which came out great. I haven't had issues with those two finishes until this project. The separators are poplar dowels set into poplar strips. They are sized so that the tools are as close as possible without allowing the business ends make contact with anything. Drawers are 12 mm Baltic Birch (BB) with walnut fronts and 3 mm BB for the bottoms.

There is a shelf under the top that serves as a "magazine rack". I believe that that book in thee is one from Lora Irish.

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Ah yes, an old favorite!

Dripping with walnut goodness! 8^)
wow what a beautiful chest.i agree about having a proper place for tools thats organized. nice work DK.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Awesome case,  definitely drool worthy.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Awesome case!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Over the top cool....nice job Dark.....thanks for showing!


Beautiful job.  And the walnut is gorgeous (and free!!). 
That is great!  Your persistence with the finish sure did pay off.

"Who's gonna save you from the rattle within?" - R. Thompson


Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Gorgeous!  But we wanted to see everything in every drawer!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin


OK, the drawers are green because I built a chest with Baltic Birch first to verify the design. The walnut chest got outgrown when I bought some Henry Taylor (12) and Ashley Isles (5) palm tools. There are 41 Pfeil tools.

Dockyards and sanders.

Flexcut knives and scorps.

Pfeil palm chisels and gouges.

More Pfeil gouges.

The rest of the Pfeil gouges.

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Really impressive work!


Wow, that is really sweet, and gorgeous. A great cabinet which has been well designed, with lots of storage space. The Walnut is beautiful. Well-done.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks, guys!

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

I love how perfectly all your contents fit into the drawers.  Wonderful organization!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

That’s very nice work right there. Well done!

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Thanks! I strove to keep the things as tight as possible both for them not beating on each other, and for weight.

L/W, it took awhile to fit all those palm tools and the poplar dowels to get that spacing!

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Wow!  Sorry, that's all I got. Everybody else said it all.

Jump back, Jack! See ya later,alligator! James Brown

Thanks! I want to make a new chest from mahogany and carve the outsides. The price of wood is crazy, anymore. I saw a really nice oak chest of drawers at the local ReStore that could have provided the wood, but while I waited for the price to come down, it got sold. I don't think that I'll be seeing any mahogany there anytime soon. 

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