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Building a Cabinet Maker’s Tool Chest

DSC_0115The tool chest preparations as a woodworkingmasterclasses series are well underway and having seen the projects in the Gallery here I am sure you will enjoy making a full-sized box like this one, which should hold a full kit of woodworking joinery tools and then some. I will be including the plans for the Joiner’s Tool Chest too. The skills we will be teaching in the online broadcast in the chest are identical to the joiner’s tool box but the sizes differ. You will I am sure want to build both and take care of every tool you will need in two boxes.DSC_0071

Making Kitchen Boards

DSC_0506By popular request we are making two types of kitchen board. One is a bread baking board that can be used for hot trays too, the other is a cutting board. The skill sets are uniquely different, but both are intended to develop your skills. One is more likely an older teens or adult project, while the other I hope will encourage whole family woodworking for any and all ages and skill levels. The choice of woods will be up to you, but in our house we have used pine cutting boards for a decade and more and they hold up just fine. For healthy life you may ultimately want to make a few different ones and colour-code them for different foods according to the food industry guidelines:


  • Green: Fruits & Vegetables
  • Yellow: Raw Poultry
  • Blue: Cooked Food
  • White: Dairy Products
  • Tan: Fish & Seafood
  • Red: Raw Meat

By the time you’ve made these boards your skills will be mastered and you will own a set of boards that reduce the risk of cross-contamination whereby bacteria is transferred from one food product type to another by way of contaminated food utensils.

CB12Regardless of your skill level, I suggest you make them before teaching the process to a younger one. My hope is that the cutting board will be an ideal starter project for new woodworkers in your charge. Almost any wood will work, ash, oak, cherry, pine, poplar, beech, maple all make good boards. It’s not necessary to laminate them and, contrary to what you read or others might say, the single-piece solid board lasts longer than any laminated ones. As far as stability goes, this can vary according to wood and use. Mine have always been single piece and they have always lasted well. They may move a little at first, but soon they settle down.

DSC_0501The second board has four through mortise and tenons in them and were taken from an original design used at the kitchens of Penrhyn Castle. Scale the project of you want to but the original board is a massive 1 1/2” by 16” by 24” long. this one is the one you asked about because you wanted breadboard ends. This one has several training dynamics that can be mastered for the kitchen board and then adopted for other projects such as tabletops.

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  1. Can you please name the three different tool storage chests painted in light brown for clarification purposes? And how do they compare to the tool chest in natural wood? Can you please also differentiate their various storage purposes? Cannot wait for this project as I need to store my hand tools and the traditional floor chest doesn’t suit me. Thanks.

    1. In history, the old tool chests began to disappear when those I worked with passed on. They became impractical and unnecessary as machines replaced many of the tools they contained. Wooden bench planes, plough planes and router planes and a couple of dozen moulding planes needed masses of space. They were all replaced by power planers, metal-cast bench planes and router machines. For the main part, woodworking using these types of old tools would soon be relegated to the realms of passing interest and not for the maker artisan. After the Second World War, tools were diminished and smaller chests and boxes were sufficient. They were practical and two fall front tool boxes would almost all of the tools a joiner or cabinet maker (not kitchen builder) needed. They became popular in the late 40’s when people moved around more in work and of course they were also known as a Joiner’s traveling tool box.
      The three boxes you see are basically two types. one a chest with drawers and a lift up lid. This chest is very suitable for planes to be stood in order from large at the back to small at the front. Mallets fit here to, especially larger wooden types. I like them for my wooden bench planes. I also have a section for my handsaws and tenon saws. In the drawers I store my chisels and gouges, bullnose planes and block planes. Gauges and layout tools fit here too.
      The upright, fall front toolbox also holds planes but here I keep my sort of minimalist selection of planes and saws. Mallets and hammers fit in awkward spots. There are two tills that hold chisels and gouges in smaller quantities and many other tools fit in here too. This has been my favourite tool container since I began my work in woodworking and I have two sizes that cater to all of essential tools..

  2. Paul I really like the paint you use on your tool boxes. Is it a secret blend or are you happy to share the colour with us?

    1. Not very special. It’s a Benjamin Moore paint but I can’t remember the colour. When I return to the US in two weeks I can look it up and let everyone know.

      1. Not sure if this will help but, I found a program that analyzes colors on web pages. After it scanned the webpage, I imported the numbers it produced into another program that determines the color by each paint manufacturer the color matches. For Benjamin Moore it was a color called Rockport Gray – HC-105. Not sure if that is correct, but if you go to Benjamin Moore’s website and then to that color, it looks pretty similar. Hope this helps.

        1. You are amazing Brandon. I still don’t remember if that’s the name but thanks for this.

          1. You’re welcome. Not sure if that will help the end. I have spent enough time admiring your cabinets and trying to figure out how they were constructed. In turn this made me curious what color you painted them.

          2. Brandon you’re a star. Thanks for the effort in trying to identify the colour or should I say color for the US community…

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