I am pretty much finished with the new Dutch tool chest build. The lid went on fairly easily (with some fine-tuning) and I’ve stuffed it to the gills.
Shown here, unstuffed but lidded.
I had contemplated French-fitting the upper compartment, but ultimately decided against it. This tool chest will not travel, so there is no great benefit to dividers. Instead, I used the extra room for a full saw till in the upper compartment, including panel saws.
I didn’t make this thing 30″ wide for my health.
Pictured above in the saw till are dovetail, carcase, tenon, fine rip panel and coarse rip panel saws. I actually use three panel saws regularly, so the crosscut panel will stick to the lid. I say stick purposely: rare earth magnets will create the lowest profile till possible.
I should talk about the main saw till for a moment, though. It took four tries to get it right, but I’m pleased with the final product The first two failed for bad spacing, and the third revealed that dovetails are liable to split a saw till. The final version (five slots on 3/4″ center) is rabbeted and nailed. Good enough for a tool chest.
Simplest is almost always best.
There is much room remaining for wall hanging odds and ends. And I may also make a shallow drawer for the middle compartment to hold light, flat tools that don’t lend to piling (like rasps and a coping saw).
But that’s for another day.