Dutch Tool Chests by You, Our Readers - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Dutch Tool Chests by You, Our Readers

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In the October 2013 issue, you’ll find plans for Christopher Schwarz’s “Dutch Tool Chest” – a handy-sized container for taking your tools on the road (one person can lift it) or for storing them in the shop.

In case you’re not already familiar with the form, check out Chris’ “Details on Dutch Tool Chests” post for a video tour and some Q&A.

But here, I’m featuring not Chris’ chest, but yours – I know a lot of you have built this chest. And I know some of you have built it with some nifty modifications that I want to share with other readers. So I asked on Instagram last week for your images – below are the ones I received. (I’d love to keep adding – send me your jpgs! )

Andrew Grasberger

dutch tool chest Grasberger

Marylin Guthrie

dutch tool chest guthrie 1

dutch tool chest guthrie 2

Ryan Rotar


dutch tool chest rotar 2

dutch tool chest rotar 2

Tom O’Brien

dutch tool chest OBrien 1

dutch tool chest OBrien 2

Mark Glass

dutch tool chest glass 1

dutch tool chest glass 2

Dilan Arnold

dutch tool chest arnod 1

dutch tool chest arnold 2

dutch tool chest arnold 3

James Greifzu

dutch tool chest Greifzu 1

dutch tool chest Greifzu 2


Derrick Russ


Andrew Eikum


Jeff Battles

dutch tool chest battles


Liam Rickerby

dutch tool chest rickerby


Greg Flora


Eric Cole

James McConnell


Jeff Stafford

dutch tool chest stafford


Lance Shields


Rex Shields

Doug Johnston 

Ron Guritzky

James Gabello

James Dobson

— Megan Fitzpatrick

For more shop ideas, check out “The Practical Workshop,” a collection of articles on sensible shop setup.

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  • JMAW Works

    I guess I can take this as a prompt to get mine fleshed out and painted. It’s really neat to see how much of a blank canvas this style is and how many different ways it can be “tuned” and given personality.

  • AlanWS

    Maybe Mike Siemsen will send you pictures of the one his school brings to WIA and Handworks.

  • pmac

    Hi Megan, Love the pics.
    FYI. (Something unrelated but important ) I clicked on the Instagram link mentioned above. Scrolled through and saw the post about Carving a 17th century Chest by Peter F. for the June 2009 issue. Thought, I’d see if the back issue was available and (here’s the important part) the link to ShopWoodworking is missing. ( It might still be there and is hidden by a frame but I don’t see it anywhere. ). I’m on an iPad mini. Not sure if it is just me, but I thought you might want to let the tech guys know. Have a great weekend.

    • pmac

      Ok, they are back. Maybe it was just my device.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Yeah – the only way to do links on IG right now is in the bio…and I change the link when I have something else to which I’m inviting folks to look. But if you’re interested, the issue is, indeed, available (as PDF):

      • pmac

        Sorry if I wasn’t clear, i was referring to the link to ShopWoodworking in the banner of the PW homepage. But it’s back.

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