Building a tool chest does not have to be difficult. Just get the following tools and materials and you’ll be ready.
Tools and Materials:
- Staples, nails, screws
- Four swivel casters
- 3.75 sheets plywood
- 3 x 4” MDF
- Table saw
- 90 degree clamps
- Sketch plan for chest design and measurements
Step 1 Create the chest case
Saw the pieces according to the length you want. A table saw is most suited for this job. You can also use a circular saw or a jig saw if you have a straight edge clamp. A router is another option.
Set down the largest chest side and put another piece perpendicular to it. You can use a clamp to keep the piece in position.
Secure the pieces with staples, screws or nails. Add as many nails and screws to fortify the chest. Once your tool chest is complete you can install swivel casters. The casters are optional however.
Step 2 Make the chest drawers
Get the table saw and cut out 4 sides and a drawer base. Follow the measurements in your blueprint to make sure they fit in your tool chest.
The next step is to set one of the 4 sides on the base piece. Use a 90 degree clamp to fasten the ends.
Use nails, screws or nails to secure the drawer. Using the clamp, secure the opposite side and side it in.
The last step is to connect the slide in the drawer and secure it.
Step 3 Install the Drawer Slides
This is the final step, but you need to be careful as there is little room for mistakes. Again, follow your sketch or blueprint for measurements. Use that guide as you cut the pieces.
Congratulations, you now have a fully working tool chest. If you want you can paint it or add a veneer. If the chest has multiple deep drawers, you can put wood dividers in it and create sections.
Tips and Warnings:
- Before making a tool chest, prepare a blueprint with the chest’s design and specs
- Buy more materials than you’ll need for this project, just in case you make a mistake
- Be careful when cutting and double check the measurements
- Wear safety goggles, gloves and steel toe boots or shoes
- Work in a well ventilated environment
- Clean up your work place afterward
- If you want to add a lid, use the same steps as above but add a hinge
- You can use different types of wood, but we chose MDF here as it is durable and affordable
- Be patient when cutting
- Don’t work in a poorly lit environment
That is all there is to creating a tool chest. It is not as difficult to do as it seems as long as you have the right tools and materials. The important thing to remember is to follow your plans and stick to them.