There is nothing like a good deadline to get the creative juices flowing. The adrenaline rush of getting it done, right at the wire, is divine. And deadlines have a way of helping me see through the fluff and get to the heart of things. In this case, I had to advance my floor chest enough to move everything out of my Dutch tool chest (so that I could gift it to a friend who was coming into town).
Tool chests are all about keeping dust off the tools, so it starts with a lid:
And then a seal around the lid to lock out the dust:
Next stop is reinforcing the lid with another 1/2″ of plywood:
And finally, adding a second sliding tray so pretty much eveything fits comfortably in the chest.
Even without the third sliding tray, this chest is in good working order. A few tools (like my rasps) are still in a safe place outside the chest, because I don’t want them grinding against each other while it’s still more piling than organization.
I’ll build the last tray, paint the lid and attach the lifts this week. Then I will have no excuses not to begin working on the upstairs bathroom vanity.