Tool chests – your next project…

A well designed and made tool chest is a project for all woodworkers on all levels. As you collect tools a storage solution becomes more required. Whether the tool chest be large or small obviously depends on how many tools being stored, both now and future additions.

Lost Art Press has made their Anarchist’s tool chest famous, but, it is not for me. The chest is a fantastic project, well made, good looks and traditional. But, who wants their tools ankle height, digging into a box below your knees to get the tool you need. I appreciate the design facilitates easy access to the the tools, and they stored safely but I would much rather tools being in easy reach in front of me not below my knees.

We sometimes get requests re the tool chest that appears in the background of our YouTube videos. I thought we could pass on the resources we used to inspire & make this tool chest.

Celebrated USA woodworker, Christian Becksvoort, wrote a very interesting article in Fine Woodworking magazine a while back. It talks about planning to build your own tool chest, accomodating your own tools, planning for the future and how to put these plans into action. A great article, you can see it here.

Christian Beckvoort’s own tool cabinet

Woodworker and author, Jim Tolpin, published an excellent book titled ‘The Toolbox Book.’ The book is still available and worth the purchase if you are considering a new tool box or chest. One of the chapters refers to a tool chest made by Andy Rae, a great piece of furniture! But, also a great concept and design even if you only use it as an inspiration. You can see a review here on The Toolbox Book.

The Toolbox Book with Andy Rae’s tool chest on the cover…

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