Clarke CMW9 9 Drawer Wooden Machinist Tool Chest

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    Hello everyone,

    I popped along to Machine Mart today, to take a closer look at the Clarke CMW9 Wooden Tool Chest. My woodworking tools are mainly rusty car-boot-sale/eBay finds; all in need of refurbishment. I thought I could use a chest like this to house them as each becomes usable and over time I’ll get around to building a chest myself. I figured it couldn’t be a waste of money, we could all use more tools and more storage.

    What a disappointment. My advice is DON’T buy them.

    Every panel is made up of dozens and dozens of comb-jointed rubbish off-cuts.
    Not one piece of ‘wood’ in the entire assembly is wider than 1 1/2 inches.
    There was a finger-joint/comb-joint every 2 1/2 inches, even in the side panels.
    The drawer bottoms are hardboard. Not even straight or flat hardboard.
    You couldn’t use these chests to store tools. I seriously doubt they’d still be in one piece once you’d carried it from the car. My son has a better-constructed wooden chest housing his Meccano Set.
    In their promotional photo, they show a wonky catch. That’s the straightest catch I’ve seen on any of these chests. As for storing your planes in the top section – only a Stanley shoulder plane (on its side) would fit in there.

    Matt McGrane

    Another in the long line of disappointments.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    What was it Paul said? “You can’t plait sawdust”
    They gave it a ruddy good try!


    out of interest, I looked up the chest on line. The first thing that I noticed is that it is advertised as a machinest tool chest, thus the reason for shallow storage areas. Have no vested interst in this product or company. Would suggest that you try to return it. Then look for what you wanted in the first place, you could be lucky to find what you need, cheaply. Live and learn is what we hear, best of luck Peter.


    Thanks Peter, but I didn’t buy it. I went with the intention of buying one, but was so disappointed with the way it’s constructed. I thought I’d warn you all, in case anyone went by the online description alone.
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