Toolbox with a Piggyback Workbench

Like Bill Baird, boatbuildcr Michael Hayes of Huntington Beach, California, wanted to build a rolling toolbox that could double as a workbench. Unlike Baird, however, I laves wanted his toolbox and bench to be independent of one another. But to keep the unit as compact as possible, he also wanted them to roll to the site on one set of wheels. His solution, as you can see in the photo at left, was to make the tool chest nest under the lift-up bench. So the chest and bench could work in conjunction with one another, he built them the same height (with the chest lifted from the dolly).

I laves built the combination box and bench from solid Honduras mahogany (except for the birch-plywood drawer sides), using frame-and-panel construction to form the large side pieces of the chest. Following boatbuilding techniques, he covered the countersunk screws that attach the sides to the top and bottom of the case with plugs cut from a mahogany offcut ("bungs," in boatbuilding terminology). Once tapped in place and leveled flush with the surrounding surface, these bungs are nearly invisible. Hayes embellished his toolbox with some exceptional relief carvings of hand tools on the sides, and scroll patterns on the drawer faces.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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