Tool Chest rebuild Part I

Some time ago I picked up this tool chest with the idea of using it in my shop. I put some caster on it and put some tools in it. It never seemed to fit, and I continually had issues with it.


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One of my biggest complaint was the flat top. It was just to handy to set things on it. I could guarantee the minute I needed something out of it, there would be a freshly finished project, half a dozen hand planes or 200 pounds of crap on top of it, so it just kind of sat not being utilized.

As you can see from the picture it also had a plywood wrapped top. Something I’ve wanted to change since the day I bought it, but I decided I wasn’t going to do anything until I figured a way to work it into the shop.

It also has some trays that are not original, so between the top and trays already altered, I really don’t mind altering it to fit my needs.


It wasn’t all bad though, it had some features I liked

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And after seeing Brandon Dutch Tool Chest I started to form some ideas on how to make this better, so yesterday I set out to do just that.

After removing the cover, I tried to remove the ledge that the cover sat on, but I’m pretty sure its glued along with nailed, so I decided the banding I removed around the plywood cover, will sit on top the existing ledge to cover the seam for the new top extension, leaving a center band around the box. It will also help hold the new extension in place. (I haven’t really decided on a fastening system yet, we’ll see how it goes)

I started with some rough sawn poplar. Its not going to match, but I don’t have any pine, and nothing is going to match anyhow.

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So I got to use some planes, some scrapers, my nifty new marking knife (Thanks Dave!), and did some dovetailing.

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After gluing up the top piece, I fastened it with the wrap from the old door. Glued and nail it had [plenty of beef to hold the top on.

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I had to dig out some #4 finish from the old finish nail bucket.


Then it was planing for the cover panels


Jack, (604) Then the #606, then the heavy smoother, then the #212.

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And yes, this a sweat. That’s a lot of work


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Yes I know, and extra picture. I really needed a break!

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More to come, watch for Part II.


About Don
A tool nut, hand plane collector, restorer

4 Responses to Tool Chest rebuild Part I

  1. Jimmy Bodine says:

    Glad to see your using the Veritas block planes you purchased last year on their so called
    blemish sale.
    I like the idea of adding to your existing tool box, very good Don, keep doing the good work.

  2. I love those planes. I wish I had the opportunity to use them more. I found a #140 after I bought these, but the fence on the veritas is handy as hell.

  3. Dave says:

    Don those are some wonderful action shots. A fine blog post. Keep em coming.

  4. Pottsvillain says:

    Great tool chest and nice job!

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