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?