1. Thanks Paul and Joseph for yet another great up coming project. I have really been waiting for this one so i can store my tool’s after i finish my bench ( Paul’s bench ) . Can’t wait to get started on this one.


  2. Hello Boys,

    I’ve been following The Olde Master (“TOM”) for a short while now. I am so thrilled to finally become a member. I cannot wait to start creating my tool chest. I am very grateful to TOM for his commitment to the cause of real craftsmanship, i.e. The Real Woodworking Campaign. It has lit a fire in my belly that I have not felt for many years.

    Thank you, Sir, thank you very much.

    Cheers from New York City,

    PS anyone in the Westchester area, please reach out. I’d love to start a ‘guild’ with like minds.

  3. Brilliant series, loved every episode and learned so much. I would like to ask this though…does anyone have a rough guid to how much the materials for this tool chest would cost? Obviously the price would differ from wood to wood but let’s say for argument I could choose between Oak, Pine and Mahogany….roughly how much might this tool chest cost to make in each wood…..I’m very new to wood working so I have very little knowledge about sourcing wood and how much I should be paying for it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  4. I remember many many years ago when I was just starting out as a machinist I wanted a Gerstner tool box but never could afford one, now perhaps I can make my own facsimile.
    I really want to make this box maybe not quite the same but very similar. Now all I need are the skills.

    Thanks for this Paul,

  5. I’m excited to start this project, but I don’t have a plow plane and I’m already buying a router to get started. Has anyone substituted a flat board for the top and bottom panels instead of the raised panels and plywood? This would eliminate the need for the plow, but might add some extra weight to the box overall. Any thoughts?

    1. I did a very serviceable job with a tenon saw and a chisel/poor man’s router. Takes a lot longer though. I just ran a pair of gauge lines down the centre of the piece I wanted to plough, then slowly worked along the cut with the saw and removed the waste with the chisel. The depth is a bit variable, however

  6. Hallo Paul Seller (and the rest of the group),
    You’re doing a very good job, thanks.
    I wonder if there is also a plan for the tool chest and I cannot simply find it.

    Thanks for all the really fantastic teaching you do Paul.

  7. I have a question that is related to one of the other toolboxes that was shown. It is the third one, pine or something similar I think, the one with the door that opens down and the tills in the top. I’m pretty sure I can see that the door and the back panel are frame construction, but I am curious how the frame and panels are attached to the sides.

  8. Was there an adjustment to the dimensions later on in the series? It would appear that the short rail length is listed as 16″. However, the Main box side length is 18″. Did I miss something or have I read something wrong? I realize that this series is 7 years old, but I find that I need just this type of tool chest.

    Also, do you anticipate any drawings for the series in the future?

    1. Hi William,

      Happy to help.

      Those short (16″) rails you are referring to are part of the lid frame and because the are joined into the long rails they via a mortise and tenon that isn’t a through joint they don’t span the full depth (front to back) of the box which is why they are shorter than the depth (front to back) of the box. This should all make sense when you watch the part on lid joinery.

      Drawings are something we added part way through producing WWMC and it would be quite a bit of work to go back and complete drawings for past projects. I don’t rule it out altogether but our focus is on the current and future series.



  9. Are there likely to be any problems with widening the case to 30” or so? I’m guessing the existing sizing is so it can be got out of an 8 foot board with a bit of leeway. But I’ve realised, from a pic in the gallery, that a typical 20” or 22” panel saw will not fit, so am thinking to widen it accordingly.

    Btw I find this the most inspiring project in the whole of WWMC! I have been deferring it until my skills improved to meet the challenge – and I believe that time is now! (Or actually, as soon as I’ve sourced the lumber, hence my question!).

    1. Hi Andrew,

      Paul says:
      No problem. I have several such tool cases in use that are 24” long and more. The idea of this one is that it is a traveling joiner’s toolbox and that meant carrying it into homes and offices or on a bus or train.


  10. Hi
    I notice that Paul lays out his dovetails on the two end pieces for this project, but the older tool chest he displays in this “project info” video has the dovetails cut on the front and back sections of tool chest. Is there any structural advantage to the tails being cut in the two ends, or is it just a matter of preference?

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