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Craftsman's Tool Chest

A project like the tool chest on page 32 of Woodsmith No. 168 deserves a highly figured wood. The birdseye and curly maple I used came from MapleLeaf Hardwoods. The classic bead molding detail can be made with a 3/32" full-radius, bullnose router bit from Lee Valley (16J48.03). To make the decorative edge profile on the top and bottom, I used Amana Tool's ogee fillet bit (54112) from the Woodsmith Store.

The hardware really gives the tool chest a classic look. The handles (chest lifts) can be ordered from Horton Brasses (CL-561). They also carry the knobs with backplates (H-121K), the 5/8"-dia. knobs with wood screws (H-42), and the 11/2" x 2" ball-tipped butt hinges (PB-407B).

The 1/4"-dia. rare-earth magnets for the doors came from Lee Valley (99K31.01). And they also have the matching 1/4"-dia. magnet cups (99K32.51) and 3/8"-dia. washers (99K32.62).

Finally, to line the drawers, I used deerskin leather from Tandy Leather Factory.

Finish information: The stain was a mix of 1 tsp. of Cherry Amber Maple, 1/4 tsp. natural Antique Cherry, 1 cup water. All of the aniline dyes were from J. T. Moser.


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