Dutch Tool Chest

with Chris Schwarz
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Dutch Tool Chest

with Chris Schwarz

July 5-6, 2014 (9am-4pm)


Every culture seems to have a different tool chest. While English and American chests are massive dovetailed boxes for the floor, the space-saving Dutch prefer a chest that can hang on a wall or sit on a bench – and still hold a complete set of hand tools.

After researching original Dutch chests and compiling a list of standard tool sizes, Chris Schwarz has developed a Dutch chest design that can be built from 1x12s with mostly nails and hold a complete set of hand tools for casework.

The ingenious Dutch design features a removable “flap” on the front of the chest that locks in place with a long sliding tab (see attached images below). Behind the flap is storage for all the moulding planes, joinery planes, braces and bits – the large tools.

The top till is covered by a angled lid (historically the angle was added to prevent rain from pooling on the lid). Panel saws sit on the underside of the lid. The top till holds the bench planes and features two racks for holding all the small tools – chisels, dividers, awls and so on.

These chests are fast to make – most of the joinery is nails, though there are a few dados and dovetails thrown in. And they take up much less space than an English or American chest.

In this class, you’ll build one of these chests from dimensional 1x12 lumber and a minimal kit of tools.

About the Instructor

Christopher Schwarz recently retired as the Editor of Popular Woodworking in order to devote his full attention to his publishing company, Lost Art Press.

Chris is an enthusiastic amateur woodworker. He built his first workbench at the age of 8, and spent weekends and summers helping his father build two houses on the family’s farm outside Hackett, Arkansas, using mostly hand tools.

Tool List

These are the tools we'll learn about in the class. You are not required to bring all of them; we will provide demonstration tools for you to use. However, it is helpful for you to practice with your own tools, so bring as many of these as you'd like. You may also make purchases in our showroom on site.

Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

Note: The hyperlinks below are for LN tools, though you are welcome to bring tools of other brands.

Registration Information

Cost is $250, lunch included. Limited to 15 people. There is a $50 material fee for this class.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.