Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Quick Tool Chest Tour

The exterior
Thought after talking about it on here a couple of times it would be nice to post a few pictures of the tool chest as it is in use. I've got the lion's share of my tools in there, have taken it on one road trip to do a presentation, and am pretty happy with it.

The top level and the very bottom
Here's the chest top level with the lids of the top till and saw till open. I the saw till is where I have my panel saws, tenon saws, dovetail saws, coping and compass saws. The top sliding tray hols most of the marking and layout tools as well as small bits and accessories for other tools and my notebook.

You can see down to the bottom of the chest here and get a glimpse of the moulding planes that extend under the saw till as well as the #8 and #3 bench planes. While this is a somewhat less than ideal arrangement it works out ok in practice.

Next till down
This till is divided in half, the right half holds my chisels which consist of 3 mortise chisels, a long paring chisel and bench chisels in the tool roll. The right side has my hand drill, some brad points, a selection of rasps for which I made some simple paper covers and a #20 auger bit. I'll probably put the adjustable auger in there too.

Third till
This till is one long continuous space, holding the cabinet scraper, 2 spoke shaves, my block plane and the tool roll with the firmer gouges.

Bottom rear
Down here at the bottom rear of the chest ar the joinery planes, just in front of those which you cant see are the #5 and #40 planes. That pretty much covers it. I'd like to get the bow saw and the bit brace in here somehow but haven't quite figured out where to put those. I've been thinking of making a removable tool-tote that would fit in between the sliding tills and the saw till that could hold those items. Guess we'll see if I get around to that. Hope you enjoyed the tour.


  1. Nice tour of your tool chest, I saw it from the outside at the moulding plane demo but didn't get a chance to see it up close. Do you find the till lids are an unnecessary hand motion or provide better dust protection? I really enjoyed your presentation, it gave some good insights.

  2. Wedgedhead, glad to hear that you enjoyed the presentation. There's a lot of info to cover on moulding planes and I was trying to do the topic some justice.

    As for the till lids, I don't think I'd put them on a chest I was building and don't think they add anything from a dust protection point of view. I have to say that I don't really mind them on the chest though and add kind of an old fashioned esthetic that I enjoy. Also the craftsmanship on them is quite nice, they are joined with through mortice and tenon and the mortices must be less than an 1/8" quite fine work. I often wonder about the original maker of this chest.