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One of the important features on tool chests are what I call “rotting strips” – pieces of wood between the chest and floor that protect the bottom of the chest from water. And, if the chest does get wet, these strips rot before the bottom of the chest.

I’m in the middle of building a couple of tool chests for customers. And one of the customers wanted to add casters to the chest, but we couldn’t find any that he liked. So he suggested adding Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) plastic to the rotting strips instead. The plastic would allow the chest to slide on a floor and be water-resistant.

I was intrigued by his idea and decided to give it a try.

UHWM plastic can be expensive, so I decided to laminate 1/4”-thick strips of it to 5/8”-thick strips of oak. The plastic stuff cuts like dense wood and can be worked with normal woodworking tools – you can saw, drill and plane it with no problems.



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