Having seen many different designs for tool cabinets over the years, but nothing that I really liked, I finally decided to design one specifically with the woodworker in mind. I think Schwarz plans on writing an article on the Dutch tool chest in an upcoming issue of Popular Woodworking, so there will be much better information contained in that, I presume. The above principles guide me as I build my own tool chests I and I hope they will help you as get out into the shop and build a chest that is a reflection of your woodworking skills and personality. This chest sits on a stand next to my bench, which keeps it at a good working height. On another table was a nice looking moxon style vise with threaded wood handles.
When you spend money on good quality tools you also want a top quality chest to store them in. This will keep the tools safe, secure and easy to locate when you need them. I didn’t like the way a single design looked, as simply enlarging and shrinking one to fit on all the drawers didn’t look right, so I settled on one design for the three larger drawers, and a smaller design for the rest. P.S. Megan Fitzpatrick, the editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, says my story on Dutch tool chests should be in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.
This was the second cabinet I made for my shop so it already included improvements” that would make it suitable for my purposes. This blog is part of the Unplugged Shop which is a great source for woodworking related blogs with a focus on traditional hand tool related work. For those in need of more space the step up is the Waterloo PCA-561230BK HD Cabinet with Utility Cart. This tool box is also available in a Universal Wedge design to accommodate wheel-wells, and in a deep design for more storage space for larger items. I built the Anarchist’s Tool Chest and wrote a little blog about why and how it differs from the book.
The lid also made liberal use of the round headed screws in an interesting pattern and likely helped protect the wood top as wood and other things were inevitably put on the lid and slid across the chest. Maigret writes: Great idea, however, good luck hanging the cabinet if you follow the exploded plan. The crib might be a little weird though depending on how well Aaron and I can work together getting this oddball design into some sort of meaningful plan. I will continue to customize my tool cabinet and share the developments on my company’s new website: by Western Dovetail.
I never tire of seeing the fun people have when they experience how easy it is to surface wood with a sharp iron and good technique. The Milwaukee 46″ Tool Chest and Cabinet close so smoothly, you’d think Fred Astaire designed them. So, whether working indoors, outdoors, at home or for commercial purposes, find out below which tool chest from the SGS range is the right choice for you. An interesting commercial tool cabinet made from metal with what looked like mediocre post WWII tools.
Since this was to be a cabinet for wood working tools, I originally thought of carving designs on the front depicting the tools in the drawers, but I quickly abandoned that idea since I move things around way too much. A clean and orderly chest, worksite, and truck can be a great advertisement for the quality of work you do. I’ve found folks are drawn to a nice chest like moths to a light bulb. The SEC Two-Lid Tool box is also known as the Gull-Wing box because the lids open like a sea-gull’s wings.
In addition to providing a number of designs for a variety of different tool cabinets and totes, it also provides helpful tips to efficiently store tools. I bought my plastic tool box home to my little basement workshop, and spread the tools out on the floor and designed the chest around these tools. If that is still too tall, you can reduce the height of the cabinet by 1” and make one of the deeper drawers 1” shallower. This is a build log of making such a tool cabinet, and how it came out is shown on the right in Figure 2. The slim design leaves plenty of space in your truck bed for storing other items.
Not only do we design the tool boxes here at SGS, but most of our sales and customer service team own their own SGS tool chests and boxes, so if you do have any questions about our products, please get in touch via either the contact form here or give us a call on 01332 576 850. If you are interested in the plans for it, they are available from the Shop Notes website, but this design is pretty basic.