Traveling Tool Chest: Simply Stunning

Traveling Tool Chest: Simply Stunning

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traveling tool chestLast week, we shot the cover photo for the August issue. It’s a classic English tool chest sized for travel (though it holds almost a full complement of furniture making tools, sans moulding planes). The build was a collaboration between Christopher Schwarz, who designed and built the chest, and Jameel Abraham, who made the 3D marquetry panel for the lid’s interior (and Peter Ross, who made the hand-forged hardware.)

Last week, right after Al Parrish shot the picture in Chris’s shop, the chest took off to Chicago (in the back of Raney Nelson’s car) and made a brief stop at Jeff Miller’s shop for a Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, then traveled home to Cedar Rapids, where Jameel will use it in his shop.

So, because a fair number of folks got to see it already in Chicago, and because I’ve been teasing it long enough, here it is:

traveling tool chest

Those tools in the medallion? All carved by hand, and fit perfectly into place. (Nice tight dovetails, too, Chris, and masterful use of space. But man…that lid panel!)

The article on building the chest will be in the August issue. Jameel’s lid panel article follows in October.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • Frank Strazza

    Amazing!! Thank you for posting the pictures, I’ve seen sneak previews over on Jameel’s blog and have been anxious to see it revealed. Can’t wait to see the article on it!

  • ahuse2008

    can you give me some details about the hardware in the chest thanks

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      That’ll be included in the article – but in short, it’s a crab lock and hinges from Blacksmith Peter Ross.

      (But if you want to make your own lock, we have a video from Peter on the process coming soon!)

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  • Sergeant82d

    Really anxious for the August issue now! Can’t wait to see more of this.

  • rellison

    …and the crowd roars its approval.

  • hmerkle

    So, the question is – it will be on display at in May right?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      I believe Jameel is planning to bring it…between that and the Studley exhibit (for which tickets are, inexplicably, still available:, I ought to sell drool rags.

  • Maurice

    By the looks of the lid, you’d think Chris & Jameel got married…..

  • Sawduster

    Truly magnificent in every respect. Such great marquetry and organization of tool storage; they surely won’t be damaged in shipment. I’m looking forward to both articles. Way beyond my capabilities, but I’ll certainly learn from them.

  • jeberle

    I was at Jeff’s Friday.
    This is remarkable

  • pmac

    I saw Jeff.
    I saw Raney.
    I saw many of Jameels vices on Jeff’s benches.
    I saw may tools.
    I saw many tool chests.
    But I didn’t see Jameel or that chest.
    Typical Irish luck. (Bad)

    Very very nice. Wish I could have seen it in person.

  • RoBanJo

    Oh MY! Chris teased that it was beautiful but that is truly spectacular. Wowsers!

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