George Vondriska

Build a Tool Chest in Reclaimed Wood

with George Vondriska

Every shop needs a tool chest. Not only does it provide a place to store your prized tools, it also provides a way to show off your woodworking skills. The tool chest shown in this instructional video Class is a classic – with dovetailed corners, breadboard ends, mitered base molding and leather strap handles. These features will allow the chest to stand up to the test of time, and look great while doing so.

You’ll not only end up with a great looking and functional tool chest after viewing this class, you’ll use and enhance some key woodworking skills and techniques that will be valuable to you for many shop projects.

JOINERY

Through dovetails are used on the chest, and also on the storage trays inside the chest. The chest dovetails are cut using a dovetail jig, and the Class takes you step-by-step through the set up required for great dovetails. The dovetails on the trays are cut using a combination of bandsaw and hand tool work. If you’re not interested in using dovetails for the project, or don’t have the tools to do so, no problem. We’ll teach you alternate joinery techniques.

The breadboard ends are held in place with a tongue and groove joint. Breadboard ends are both attractive and functional, but must be used correctly or they can lead to cracks in your woodworking project. We’ll take you through the process, start to finish.

RECLAIMED WOOD

We’re using reclaimed Ponderosa Pine for our chest, but any material will work. Reclaimed wood helps make your project an “instant antique,” allowing character that developed over many years to come through. We’ll provide you with tips and tricks for working with reclaimed wood on your woodworking projects.

GLUE UPS, RESAWING & MITERS

The tool chest requires large panels, so we’ll teach you how to make great glue joints, and keep panels flat while gluing edge to edge. We’ll also show you how to resaw on the bandsaw to create the tray cleats, and how to create perfect miters for the base molding.

In addition to the detailed video instruction you’ll receive, this online Class provides you with some downloadable resources and helpful information to print and keep, including: A detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key steps of the Class instruction; a detailed drawing of the tool chest elements with a cut list; and source references for the tools and material used in the Class.

  • 6 Sessions
  • 3h 30m
George Vondriska

George Vondriska

Formally trained as a Technology Education teacher, George Vondriska has been teaching woodworking since 1986, and has been the Managing Editor of Woodworkers Guild of America since 2007. In addition to teaching classes at his own Vondriska Woodworks School, George teaches at woodworking shows across the country and has taught woodworking for the Peace Corps/Swaziland, Andersen Window, Northwest Airlines, and the Pentagon. George has had numerous magazine articles published, from tool reviews to shop improvement projects.

Meet Your Instructor

Download this short video to meet your instructor George Vondriska

Printable Class Guide PDF

Download and print this PDF Guide to complement your Class. It’ll be a nice reference for you to keep.

Drawing & Cut List PDF

Download and print this PDF for a detailed drawing of the tool chest, and a cut list for the project.

Class Resource PDF

See this list of tools, suppliers and reference info related to this Class

Bonus materials available after purchase

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