Before the era of mass production, a professional woodworker finished his training by making a tool chest to carry and store his tools. Sturdy, handsome and meticulously constructed, this chest protected the source of his livelihood while advertising his skill as a craftsman.
This do-it-yourself version combines the Old World craftsmanship of a vintage tool chest with a modern, mechanic's-style design. Featuring 13 felt-lined drawers underneath a large storage compartment, the project provides plenty of space for tools while keeping them efficiently organized, protected and accessible. Details such as rubber feet and brass hardware add to its durability and enhance the chest's classic appeal.
Easy and inexpensive to build (even if you're not a master craftsman), the project is constructed almost entirely of plywood. Although it requires precise measuring and cutting, actual construction is simple. Just cut everything out, assemble the drawers and the chest separately, install the hardware, apply finish of choice and fill with your own valuable tools.
The completed tool chest measures 24 inches long by 20 inches tall by 12 inches deep.
The Precision Tool Chest plan, No. 788, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions with photos, construction diagrams, a complete shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.
Create a worthy companion piece for the precision tool chest with a woodworking bench plan, No. 866, for $9.95. Please include $4.00 per order for postage and handling and allow about two weeks for delivery.
To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o The Oklahoman, 821B S. Tremont St., Oceanside, CA 92054. To order by credit card, or to request a free catalog, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the web at u-bild.com.