Traditional Tool Chest

One thing that gives the tool chest on page 32 a really authentic look is using the right hardware. Almost all of the antique-looking hardware I used for the project came from Van Dyke's Restorers.

This hardware includes the small, heavy-duty cabinet hinges (#02014884), medium black lifter handles (#02007188) for the outside of the chest, and the small lifter handles (#02007187) for the inside trays. I also used a heavy iron hasp (#02004558) and a black steel padlock (#02014191) to secure the lid. I was able to find the chain and screws needed at a local hardware store.

To make it easier for you to build the tool chest, the Woodsmith Store has put together all the hardware you need in a single kit (#7161100). The kit is available at a cost of $89.99. Use the contact information in the right margin to order it.

You can cut the dovetails used to join the chest by hand. But if you use a router you'll need an adjustable dovetail jig that can rout through dovetails.

Many jigs will work, but I used the D4 jig made by Leigh Industries. You can order it directly from them. It's also also available from the Woodsmith Store.

If you're going to build the rab-beted-case version of the tool chest from page 37, you may want to get some wrought head nails. The IV2" nails I used can be found at either Lee Valley (#912240.03) or Rockier (#32379).

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