For a while now I have felt that my ability to organize my tools left something to be desired. After looking through Jim Stack’s “Building the Perfect Tool Chest” I had a rough idea about the type of tool box I wanted to make. But I was hesitant to spend money on a project without any experience building a cabinet type project. I was not sure that I had enough clamps to properly glue everything together. I also was not sure how the tolerances would stack up and effect the quality of the final product. Eventually I decided that I had too many unknowns and needed to build a prototype. Using only material that I found in a construction site dumpster or had left over from previous projects, I built a prototype toolbox to practice. The largest piece of plywood I scavenged was 13″x27″, and that constrained the dimensions of this project. Admittedly I needed the practice, and still have some technical issues to iron out before I build a toolbox that will last a lifetime. Below are pictures documenting the results of the build.
The carcass for the toolbox has a 12″ by 12″ footprint and is about 8.5″ tall. The chip board is 1/2″ thick. All joints are glued butt joints, no fasteners were used. The back of the toolbox was closed off with a sheet of hardboard. I attempted to maintain a 1/16″ tolerance between all drawers and sides. The only tool that I needed for this project was a table saw and a bunch of clamps. I was able to get all of the small tools I use frequently into the drawers along with some additional tools that previously resided in another toolbox.