Life has been fairly hectic lately, but I found some time over the weekend to paint the finished Dutch tool chest. Seeing has how I’ve been working out of a black tool chest (albeit a Craftsman 40″ mechanics chest) for a while, I kept the theme by painting the Dutch tool chest black. What I didn’t keep, however, was the expansive footprint. The shop feels so much more open now. The smaller footprint will allow me to move my workbench further away from the back wall.
I am very pleased with the overall result, although I have two minor complaints about my execution of the design of the Dutch tool chest:
- The fall front really needs to be made from something quarter- or rift-sawn. I made the mistake of using two flat-sawn boards that have cupped wildly (despite the battens) and expanded as the humidity changed over the last month. It’s less visible now that it’s painted, but I will eventually throw a temper tantrum and remake the fall front . The locks will be reusable, and I’ll try and salvage the nails from the battens.
- I don’t think having two fully open compartments below is correct for my tool set. I’m not sure I’d have evenly divided it into three, but I need to test a shallow drawer first and see how things work out (more on that later).
Figuring out how to efficiently store everything is still a work in progress. I have plenty of room for hanging things on the walls (e.g., a block plane holster like Mr. Schwarz) and still need to make the under-lid till for my crosscut panel saw. There seem to be nooks and crannies everywhere to stash tools. And I should probably remake the inner saw till from a harder wood as well.
All of that said, I’m really pleased with how this has worked out. Even if it ends up being a non-permanent solution, I’m glad for the experience. This is something I definitely could have (should have?) made for my apartment. I’d love to make the smaller version as an intellectual exercise, but I have many traveling tool chests kicking around and there is so much still to make for my living quarters.