My Dutch Tool Chest

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Materials: Reclaimed 1x10 pine, some old fir T&G, salvaged drawer sides and chest handles, a few square nails, old walnut, hardware (hinges and ring pulls) from Lee Valley.

Background: Decided a Dutch tool chest (DTC) was something i was going to build. Came into a stack of pine boards and figured it was enough to complete such a project. Did a sketch of what I wanted.


Laid out the angle for the sides and was on my way.



Didn’t buy plans, but gathered what intel I could about building these from the interweb. Dovetailed the bottom of the carcase, dado’d and nailed the rest.


Decided drawers were needed.

Made a breadboard top and used beadboard for the back.

Finished drawers and hardware, added paint, and now I’m off to outfit it with tools!

Thanks for looking!

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35 Comments

Nice work on the joinery Smitty. Good looking chest.
Fantastic! 

MosquitoMade.com

Thx fellas, now to figure out the insides…

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A big one. Well done. Made from reclaimed wood appeals to me. It fits perfectly with this chest.

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Another well done project.  Thanks for sharing.  Thanks also, for helping me find you on this site.
looking real good smitty.

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

Nice joints, well done.  Lots of storage space.  

Ron

Looks great! I like the paint/wood contrast.  Would be interested in seeing a closeup of the top hinge.  
Great work Smitty!  Now let's see how you load it up.  Then let's see you carry it to the jobsite 😆
Great work Smitty!  Now let's see how you load it up.  Then let's see you carry it to the jobsite 😆

Uhm, yeah, that ain't happening. lol. I will be making a simple 4-wheeled cart for moving it around in my Dad's shop space. That's where it's gonna live.

 BB1, I'll post that later today no problem. I'm pretty confident it's a unique install.

Good to see you, Neddy. And thanks!

Been reviewing layout pics of other DTCs on line, and they're all pretty consistent in the upper chamber. Bench planes are french fit towards the front, running left / right. Chisels and other handled tools sticking through an elevated strip that's mounted to the back wall. Backsaws in a rack in the center, and finally, panel saws on the lid. Those are the big four. I've spotted a router plane and / or block planes on either side, Schwarz has a combination square on the backsaw rack. Quite a bit to mull over.


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Really like the old school styling, rugged and build to last.
I can't stop seeing "nipple rings" on those drawers, but certainly that's my problem! 🤠
Nice Smitty - waiting for the load out decisions ;)
Nice job! Those chests can hold a LOT of tools.
Sorry, no hinge discussion yet. Got distracted.


It had to match these! Style Guide, after all…

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Awesome!

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

Love big black strap hinges Smitty.  
well-constructed and fancy!

No name noobie here

Thanks all. Working contents now, not my favorite activity because I don’t know what I’m doing.

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What I’ve created so far.



Obviously each need to be fitted in the chest…

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