Heirloom Tool Chest – The Planning Stage

Inspired by the handcrafted tool chest on the back of Fine Woodworking’s latest issue of tools and shops with french-fitted compartments for frequently used hand tools, I have challenged myself to build one for myself.  Before any tool is lifted or wood is selected, I needed to design the chest.  And the best way to design the chest is to work from the inside out – to determine which tools would make the cut and which ones would be left out.  I decided that power tools would be automatically cut.  My goal is a traditional tool chest.  No circular saws or electric drills here.  I tried to think of tools which would be used on a regular basis and not include too many specialty tools.  I also tried to avoid any redundancies while including enough tools to work efficiently.  This is the list I came up with:List 1

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