In some Victorian books on woodworking, the author suggests that if you don’t have a shop you could use a chest of drawers as a woodworking bench, tool chest and shaving collector.
I’ve not seen an occurrence of this in the wild, but it is an interesting idea.
Recently, Will of Texas sent me photos of his tool chest, which is based off a slant-lid desk with banks of drawers below. And he put the whole thing on wheels.
For a chest that stays in a shop, I think it’s quite clever. I especially like how Will puts the bench planes on what would normally be the desktop.
If I were going to build this chest for myself, I’d probably try to store handsaws on the slant lid and perhaps make the lid stand upright (much like a traditional chest). But that’s just me.
Nice work, Will!
— Christopher Schwarz