After several years of
accumulating tools and having less than ideal ways to store
them, I finally decided this would be the year for a proper tool
My last "tool chest" was an old GI
foot locker that I had picked up at a yard sale. It held all of
my tools, but it was greatly lacking in both form and function.
I had read several articles and
books on tool chests and was nearly set on building a
traditional floor chest based on Chris Schwarz’s book, The
Anarchist’s Tool Chest.
Ultimately I needed something that
would be fairly quick to build, so I settled on the Dutch tool
chest featured in the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking
(I recommend picking up or downloading a copy if you plan on
building this chest). Not only was this chest surprisingly quick
to build, it holds a ton of tools and put many different hand
tool skills to the test.
The Dutch style chest features a
slanted top, which will keep me from piling items on top of it.
The top storage area has plenty of room for my primary bench
planes, backsaws and a rack for holding screwdrivers, layout
tools and other odds and ends.
The lower compartment, which
resides behind a fall front, holds a roll of chisels, joinery
planes, moulding planes, a mallet, a hammer and more odds and