Rustic Chest: New Toolbox

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My tools are a mess!  It’s time for the new toolbox project to get started.  While I don’t like spending too much time building tools (because it just distracts me from real work), this toolbox resembles one of my next projects: the rustic storage chest. 

This chest will be made of poplar, a common North American hardwood with funky white and green colors.  I’m playing with a coarse, hand-plane texture on the surface to draw some attention, something you won’t see on furniture made by power tools.

The corners will have dovetails all down the edges.  Dovetails are a very strong and reliable joint that will last a lifetime of abuse.  Perfect for a toolbox.  The chest-style box will have a fold up cover with two removable trays to access the storage space underneath.  This chest design is a traditional style for an antique toolbox with some added features to make the tools more accessible when I’m working.  Complete with 4 wheels, because when it’s full of tools it will be HEAVY.

I hope this project doesn’t draw out too long, but it should be a good prototype to fine-tune the rustic chest design.  

What would you store in a handmade rustic chest?

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