Making A Frenchfitted Compartment

Patternmakers Toolchest

Cradling your tools in a French-fitted drawer or tray is an excellent way to show your love for them. The close-fitting compartments keep the tools from rolling about and damaging themselves and their neighbors. Even if the drawer s knocked about or tilted almost on end, the tools will stay safely in place. Best of all, French-fitting is not all that mysterious or hard to do. Begin by cutting the tool board to size from a piece of clear 3 i-in. thick wood or hardwood plywood. In most cases, the...

Toolbox For The Road

Van Tool Storage

AA hen cabinetmaker Jerry Hillenburg, of Martinsville, Indiana, set out to make a toolbox to carry his tools and supplies to the job site, he didn't fool around. Instead, he built the utimate rolling tool tote one with a motor in it. Hillenburg's tool box is a 1992 3 i-ton Ford van carefully fitted out to hold an astonishing array of tools, totes and accessories everything, in fact, that Hillenburg's four-man crew needs to run architectural moldings, hang doors and install his custom cabinets...

Traditionalstyle Tool Chests

Tony Konovaloff Tool Chest

If you arc an ardent collector of hand woodworking tools, you probably already keep them in a traditional tool chest. If not, finding one is likely high up on your wish list. Unfortunately, chests in good condition and of an efficient design are not only hard to come by but expensive, too. But instead of discouraging you, let me offer a few words of encouragement Building a traditional tool chest, while certainly time-consuming, is not that difficult an undertaking. Unless you intend to do...

Standing Cabinet for Shop and Site

Standing Woodworking Tool Cabinet

If the type of woodworking you do demands that you be versatile perhaps you spend half your time building fine furniture in your shop and the other half installing doors and trim in new homes , then you may want to design your primary tool-storage system to be versatile as well. When Sheldon Perry, of Tamworth, New Hampshire, set out to build himself a toolbox, he was in just this situation. Appreciating the ease of access and voluminous storage area a standing cabinet would provide his shop,...

Building a Standing Cabinet

Greg Radley Tool Cabinet

When Greg Radlev, of Ventura, California, set out to design a tool cabinet for his shop, he did not worry about portability he had no intention of ever moving this particular toolbox. Instead of designing for versatility and mobility, Radley's challenge was to create a box of a reasonable size that would not only hold his large collection of tools, but would hold them in a way that allowed those most commonly used to be visible and easily accessible. In addition to his hand tools, Radley also...

Building an Arts and Crafts Tote

Hybrid Open Lidded Tote

As you can see in the photo on p. 150, the two open shoulder totes build by furniture designer and builder David Sellery, of Santa Cruz, California, are extraordinary. The lighter-colored one, which contains saws, hand planes and a When the nesting tote is slid over and removed, Tetsuo Shibata's toolbox transforms from a lidded tote to an open shou der tote. Photos by Tetsuo Shibata. When the nesting tote is slid over and removed, Tetsuo Shibata's toolbox transforms from a lidded tote to an...

Frances Diemoz Design

Joe Barbeau used a drop lid to add a touch of beauty and craft to his project, shown above and at right. The triptych of Americana was painted using artist's acrylics for the panels and a modern oil stain to color the rest of the chest. On Jane Swanson's tool chest above , the drop lid is embellished with an inlaid floral design. -obday was one of the few students i decided to use the top of the chest as a 1c-5 design solution that maximizes the it of usable space within the limited iters of...

Building a Punch List Carpenters Toolbox

Carpenter Toolbox

For carpenter Kevin Skurpski, of East Syracuse, New York, the last straw came the day he had to park his truck several blocks away from the job site. This was the day that it took him seven trips from the truck to the site to assemble everything he needed to take care of his general contractor's punch list. Then his cordless drill ran out of juice, and he realized that even after seven trips his charger was still behind the truck's front seat. The time to build a wheeled toolbox that could...

Building a Lidded Tool Roll

Building Woodworkers Tool Chest

When boat builder and rigger Kit Africa, of Port Townsend, Washington, decided to create a lidded tote for his rigging and ship's carpentry tools, he set specific goals The box had to be strong, durable and commodious, and hold his tools readily accessible. Yet, to be accommodated aboard ship, it also had to fit into the smallest possible space. While mulling over and rejecting many typical lidded-tote designs, Africa realized that certain features of the canvas tool roll, which is most...

Building a Wall Hung Tool Cabinet

Wall Hung Tool Cabinets

When I sat down to design a wall-hung tool cabinet, my intent was to create a box that would contain an ample selection of hand tools for both layout and joinery-enough to allow me to do most of my typical work without having to look elsewhere for a tool. I planned to locate these tools as close as possible to my work area at the vise end of my workbench, where they would be accessible, yet out of my way. As it turned out, this cabinet was an ideal solution. Because the tool-laden door swings...

Student Toolchest Project

North Bennet Street School Tool Chest

We n the students of the cabinet and furniture-making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, have completed their six-week introduction to the fundamentals of drafting and benchwork, they are given the opportunity to embark upon their first start-to-finish project the building of a tool chest. At the outset of the project, the students are given five parameters to guide the building of their chests. The outside dimensions of the case must be 17 in. high by 33 in....