I haven’t said much about the build, and that’s primarily because there’s already a ton of great information available. A quick search will bring you no shortage of step by step build threads. My favorite one can be found here.
Rather than repeat all of that I thought I might pick up where some of the build threads leave off and that is fitting out the tool compartment and offering thoughts on the chest as it is in use in my shop. Over the next month or so I’ll be adding detailed shots of the inside along with commentary on the process as I learn to make this chest work for me. I want to add to the conversation if I can.
I want to do something else as well. I want to feature your stories and experiences with these chests. My friend Tom O’Brien gave me this idea when he and I started trading thoughts about how to work out the bottom storage cabinet. Tomorrow, I’ve invited Tom to show off his build and tell you a little about the unique features of his Dutch tool chest as a way of inviting others to do the same.
If you’ve built a Dutch chest and have something to add to the conversation, I invite your stories, pictures and comments. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to publish them over the next month.