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A Cabinetmaker's Toolchest

A Cabinetmaker’s Toolchest

I was recently asked by a gentleman in the USA if I would build him a toolchest- more specifically, a ‘cabinetmaker’s toolchest’.

If you know my first book, ‘Made by Hand- Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop‘ you’ll remember that this is the first project from it. I’m excited to revisit the design and pleased to share this first video with you.

This version of the tool chest will be made with some cherry I’ve had in my shop for a few years. I’ve been waiting for the right project to use it on and this fit the bill just right. The plank is large enough to get the full carcase panels out of without any edge joints and I’ll be able to run the grain continuously around the box. (assuming I don’t screw it up!)

I’m using flat sawn cherry for the main carcase and quarter sawn stock for the handles and frames etc…it’ll be nice to see this project in an alternate wood species as the first time around I used maple and walnut.

The nice thing about this design is portability. It’s large enough to carry all of your hand tool ‘essentials’ while light enough to carry  by yourself.  I made my first version of the toolchest in 2008 and have toted it from job site to job site over the last 5 years.

If you’re interested in commissioning your own version of this tool chest then drop me a line; I’d be happy to make one for you!

With that, here’s the first video installment of the project- rough sawing the plank and dimensioning the stock.

Enjoy!