Long-overdue Tool Chest Storage Stuff

I used to have a nice presentation for my students on the different kinds of storage schemes they might consider for their tool chests.

I somehow lost that presentation this year. I deleted it, overwrote it and lit it on fire I suppose.

During the last few months I’ve tried to rebuild that presentation. But until I find some free time to do that, this blog entry will suffice.

Above is a heretofore private little video I shot for a webinar on tool chests. It discusses some storage options. Also, below you will find downloads to two good historic resources you should study before dividing up the interior of your chest.

The first is from Vol. II of “Practical Woodworker,” from my personal collection.


The second is from “Spons Mechanics Own Companion,” also from my collection.


Hope these get you started. And apologies to all my students for the delay.

— Christopher Schwarz

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13 Responses to Long-overdue Tool Chest Storage Stuff

  1. joemcglynn says:

    Very nice, thanks for sharing. No bolting iron in there?

  2. Kim Howarter says:

    Very nice, Thanks! I just need to get a couple more projects completed so I can start cutting up the white pine for my tool chest. I will probably use screws to put my tool racks in as I will probably change them several times.

  3. Jim Muhaw says:

    Great Chris…..bring more!

  4. Mark Briley says:

    Nice video Chris – it was informative seeing how you utilized each of the tool chest designs.

  5. Is the rest of the series for this build available? If not maybe the plans for the two-day tool chest?

  6. Kevin says:

    In the first loaded chest you show, are those carcass saws stored vertically or is that just so we can see them? Just fit into individual racks? Thanks for sharing this video, very helpful.

  7. sablebadger says:

    very useful, thanks for sending that out.

  8. steveschafer says:

    From Spons: “The till and the inside of the lid are veneered with rosewood and walnut.”

    I must have missed that part of the video.

  9. spokeshave27 says:

    I had forgotten what a wonderful series The Practical Woodworker is – I have just dug out my 4 volumes – and settling in for a quiet read.

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