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Tool Box design.

Hi, I need some help here. I want to build a chest for my tools. I have been looking for some ideas and design online and have found a few very interesting. but those designs requires extensive tools. Can anybody please help me with some chest design?
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post #2 of 20 Old 10-14-2015, 06:32 AM
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tool chests are advanced projects ....

A proper tool chest with drawers is a rather advanced project and would require a table saw at a minimum. It could be done with hand tools, but it would take forever and require some precision skills.



A tool tote is a different story., It's just a tray with a handle and would be a great starter project:




The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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I agree with you. I have always had to use old chests of drawers. Instead of tool caddies, I use stout plastic boxes which will stack.
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Hi, I need some help here. I want to build a chest for my tools. I have been looking for some ideas and design online and have found a few very interesting. but those designs requires extensive tools. Can anybody please help me with some chest design?
What specific type of chest do you want to build?

What tools do you have?

What is your experience level?

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A tool chest can be constructed using basic tools but to quality and precision would be a challenge. But should you accomplish your goal it would become a piece to be proud of and an item to hand down to the next generation. If you are lacking precision tools and the funds for them then one could join a club or rent time in a shop and simply have the material ready for the cuts when you get there good luck.
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Thank you everyone for all the ideas. I am a novice in woodworking and have just started without any training. I want to build a simple wooden box, where I can store all my tools.
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Great advice from all previous posts, but also consider doing a "tool layout plan" to have an idea as to how large your "simple wooden box" should be. Gather all your tools, group them together as you'd want them in your tool box (use a flat surface or the floor), measure top to bottom, left to right, and the height of the entire area they will take to fit neatly in your tool box. Maybe take a few pics to keep for reference. This will give you a starting point as to how much material (wood) will be needed to build the tool box. Some larger tools could be put into one tool drawer, and smaller items in another, but make the drawers stackable. Be safe.
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Thank you everyone for all the ideas. I am a novice in woodworking and have just started without any training. I want to build a simple wooden box, where I can store all my tools.
What is a "simple wooden box" to one person could be complicated to another.

You saw Woodenthings pictures. What comes closest to what you want?

What tools do you have?

You have to give us something with which to work if you want good advise.

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@OP - Is there a Habitat Restore store in your vicinity? I browsed through the one in Houston a few days ago and they had a bunch of bathroom vanities, some less than 80 dollars. Some like new, others with a ding or two or broken frame member. Nothing that couldn't be fixed, or replaced in a few minutes.

Like most vanities, they had three or four drawers and two doors. By adding a simple plywood top, a fella could have instant tool storage without having to do much at all.

At one time, I had two legal size filing cabinets with a hollow core door for a top. More storage and a work space.

Just thinking out loud. Yes, the Habitat store had a bunch of doors and filing cabinets, all cheep!
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What is a "simple wooden box" to one person could be complicated to another.

You saw Woodenthings pictures. What comes closest to what you want?

What tools do you have?

You have to give us something with which to work if you want good advise.

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Hi George, I think I will go for either the second or the third picture. I got a circular saw, a jigsaw, and a hand saw. I also have a power sander and a miter box with a band saw. I don't have a formal workshop or a table saw, or a workbench.
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The second and third pictures are really "old school" tool boxes.
I think we can guide you to something that will serve you better.
You have several portable tools to use. I suggest something with a lid on it at least. This will both hide your tools and keep dirt and moisture out.
I personally like removable drawers. Simple Drawers can be made with the tools you have. Three stackable drawers will hold your hand tools and your electric portable tools. A small chest with three removable/stackable drawers can be made with your tools using 1/2" plywood.
And the project can help you become a better woodworker.
Something to consider.
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This video might give you some ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shzV...rd4oxPoibSGc3h

Alexis de Tocqueville was a very smart man.
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This one would be easy to make.
Make sure the inside length is a little more than 24 inches so a 24 inch level will slip inside the box for transporting.

Draw your own sketch for the two ends and cut 'em out with the jig saw. Drill a hole in each one for a dowel rod...say 1 inch or thicker.

Cut the sides the desired length, insert the dowel rod handle, and attach the sides to the ends with screws or nails and glue.

Cut the bottom to fit inside and nail or screw it to the ends and sides.

Good luck.
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This video might give you some ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shzV...rd4oxPoibSGc3h
Following this method, an alternative to using individual boards is the use of project panels. They are available in several widths and lengths. I have used them to build several toy boxes. They turned out nice. See picture attached below.

I found them at Lowe's. HD doesn't carry them in my area.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_52787-99899-...uctId=50089192
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Thank you for some great ideas. The youtube video was extremely helpful as well as the other pictures. I will try something tomorrow and if I manage to finish, I will post the pictures. Today I completed building a saw horse and a jig for my circular saw.
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For your power tools, a chest of some sort would be a good idea, but for a small collection of hand tools, one of the totes pictured above would be handy, would be a sort of fun project, and would continue to serve you well in the future. I made & used one for many years when I owned some rental property, and something ALWAYS needed fixing. I could load up whatever tools I needed for the job & head out. It was useful even around the house when I need to carry a collection of tools & supplies from the shop up to the 2nd floor.
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I think I only used my table saw and planer (planer not needed if you buy planed wood)

It's not fancy, but does the job.
I mounted a Goldenrod dehumidifier inside the back, for rust prevention.
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stacking tool trays

I think the best way to store "things" including tools is with stacking trays or boxes. Here's some ideas:





This way you don't have to build drawers, pretty difficult without a table saw. You can mount them all on a dolly with casters so they can move around easily.



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One small question. Do I need a thinner blade for my jigsaw to make curve cuts? It maybe a very basic question. :)
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One small question. Do I need a thinner blade for my jigsaw to make curve cuts? It maybe a very basic question. :)
A "scroll" blade will make it easy to cut curves. They have more teeth and should make a nice cut.

Something like this...
http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-3-...765H/202550688
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