The Adjustable-height Tool Chest
The adjustable-height outfeed table – done. An adjustable-height bench – check, done. The adjustable-height miter-saw stand – done and done.
And now, the adjustable-height tool chest.
Tool collector and woodworker John Sindelar brought lots of crazy, beautiful and rare tools to Woodworking in America last weekend. But none was more unusual than the adjustable-height tool chest that he had purchased a couple weeks before.
The chest is a fairly standard size. But everything else about it is surprising. The front panel of the chest falls down to reveal three graduated drawers. Under the lid are two lift-out trays and two deep compartments. At the four corners are four hidden posts that drop below the base of the chest to raise it off the floor.
There are three detents in the legs so the chest can be raised to four heights. The mechanisms are spring-loaded. You pull a tab next to each leg and that leg is free to move. Release the spring-loaded tab and it locks into a nearby detent.
It’s a clever mechanism. The only downside is that it requires some lifting and fiddling to get the legs up or down. And I imagine it would be a little bit of a dance to try to do it by yourself.
The outside of the chest is inlaid with parquetry that has survived fairly well (especially the stuff in the back).
Sindelar and his traveling tool museum never disappoint me. He is always restocking it with new and wilder tools. As always, it was one of the highlights of the conference for me.
— Christopher Schwarz
Another highlight of Woodworking in America: Ron Herman. As always, Ron outworked us all. If you missed his lecture on saw sharpening, I highly – highly – recommend his DVD “Sharpening Your Handsaws.”