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I've wanted to make one of these for a long time. I have been upgrading some of my tools so I could actually make it with a minimum of trouble. This is my first try at "Cabinet making" so I'm taking my sweet time building it.
The tool chest was featured in Shop Notes vol. 9 issue 49.


I'm making it out of cherry for the carcase and have yet to decide what to use for the panels. I have some walnut that I have resawn, so that may be what I'll use.

I started the project by cutting the lumber in 3 foot pieces, jointed and planed it to 3/4". I then ripped a bunch of 3/4" X 1 1/2" pieces and set to cutting them to length.


A 3/16" slot cutter was put in the router table and I slotted the side and back pieces.


Got the tenoning jig set up, and proceeded to make a lot of sawdust doing that job.






I'm calling it a day, and will be back at it tomorrow.

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That is going to be a beauty Mike. I look forward to your progress.

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I finished the framing for the sides and back. Had a little trouble getting the tenons to fit close so I went to the toy store to get a Freud blade to give a more flattened cut. Test fitting was great.


Next came the tenons and slots to connect the back to the sides. I used the table saw to cut out the 1/4" X 1/4" tenons on the outer stiles of the back. The side stiles slots were cut with a 1/4" slot cutter in the router table.





Still deciding what to use for the panels and drawer fronts. I have the walnut I resawed and a curly maple board. The maple is ahead in the race right now.

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Looking good Mike,

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Default Day 2 continued

Thanks fellas. This project has turned out to actually be fun to build.
So far, all parts are loose. Nothing is glued yet.

Next is the front top rail. A tenon on each end, and a stopped dado on the front side stiles.





There are 2 dividers in the box. One is the bottom of the top compartment, the other goes under the 4 small drawers. The top divider calls for hardboard to fill the spaces between the rails, but that would have no support for tools in the top compartment. Bad design there. I'm going to fill those spaces with poplar since I'm using that for the bulk of the dividers. Cherry is used for the front rails as they are visible.



1/8" deep X 1/2" wide dados are used to attach the dividers to the carcase. A good job for tomorrow.

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Great so far Mike. As Harry would say: Thanks for the pictures! [Keep em commin.] Thats Aussie for please post more pictures.




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Looking good Mike. Your going to have yourself and heirloom tool chest you are.

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Mike, I can't begin to say how much I am enjoying this thread. The pictures and captians are clear and consice(sp?). I know that I am not alone in wishing you the best on this project. Please keep the daily progress. It is a great way of following. -Derek
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Very nice work Mike. You have the craftsman's touch for sure.

Love your pics, may try this out myself over the next couple years.

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Default Day 3 - The dividers

First thing after breakfast this morning, I made a trip to HD to get some wood. Relax all, it was just some poplar. Nothing really great.

I planed it down to 1/2" and cut the panels for the top divider, as I wanted more support for tools in the top of the cabinet. I cut the pieces to length and used the RT and tenoning jig to create tongues and grooves on the pieces. Put it all together and trimmed 1/4" off the ends of the finished panel to fit it between the stiles.






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