Skip to main content



Dutch Tool Chest: Six Months Later

You need wide boards to make a chest, and when a woodworker finds some wide boards, he goes after them.
Roy Underhill, The Woodwright's Workbook, 1986

I have worked out of my Dutch style tool chest nearly every day for the last six months. I never close the lid or the fall front cover for easy access to the tools I need. Such a treat! It's almost as nice as handing tools on a wall.

I'm sure you have noticed that I never got around to painting the chest and there are a few other things that need to be do for tool organization, like adding a saw till for my backsaws. I haven't made the time to finish it, I'd rather make guitars and I have discovered that even though this is a wonderful design, it doesn't quite fulfill my needs.

Here are a few things I want to change when I make another Dutch Style Tool Chest...

1. Make it deeper. As you can see in the above photo I have my hand planes lined up with the totes facing out, making them quickly accessible. The Stanley…

Latest Posts

Varnish, Shellac, Glaire

Redwood/East Indian Rosewood Classical Guitar

New Shop, New Workbench

My Shop Is Closed Until July

A Lonely Shop

Dutch Tool Chest

Ugh, Dovetails!

Buying Another Guitar Maker's Wood Cache

My Tool Sharpening Kit