A pocket tool chest

As highlighted on The Toolchest Site, and bought to my attention by Joel on the Stu’s Shed Facebook page (thanks!)

This is not a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman (the typical pocket toolbox), but instead is a stunning replica of an 18th century gentleman’s tool chest, packed with tools. The whole chest is a massive 2 inches long. It is a 1/12 scale in stunning detail of the Hewitt chest at Colonial Williamsburg, by miniaturist William Robertson.
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The tool chest was made with the same construction as the original chest from a timber that looks like the original mahogany when seen in scale. Tool trays and drawers are fully dovetailed with hand-sawn dust boards. The dividers are v-notched and crosslapped and the lid sides are tongue and groove.

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Robertson’s tool chest contains all the same tools that were found in the original. All the tools work, even the plane’s tote (handle) is set a scale 1/8″ to one side as the original. The saw has 160 teeth to the inch. The most challenging tool to make was the folding rule with 5 leaf hinge. It is about .030″ thick and hand engraved on boxwood.

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Also included in the tool chest are a Kent-style hatchet, claw hammer, a riviting hammer, marking gauge, five gimlets, a smooth plane, backsaw, saw wrest, divider, awl, round file, burnisher, inside/outside calipers, bevel gauge, try square, three turnscrews, four brad awls, an oilstone in its case, three tanged chisels, a mallet and a beak anvil. All the tools are fully functional, with blades made of steel. Other parts are made from brass with handles made of pearwood, boxwood, African blackwood, Bolivian rosewood and maple.

The chest and tools took about 1,000 hours to complete. I have no idea of its value, but if you estimated it as cheap as $50/hr, that is a LOT of toolchest.

As Seen on The Web

Found these photos of a memorabilia chest on the Incra Website – some beautiful work made in Spalted Maple, including the hinges.

The gentleman who created it worked for years on the Stealth Bomber program, and collected many souvenirs from the program.

Stunning timber, superb chest.  I like the idea of it as well as a way of storing and displaying coins, as I have a small collection that I’d like to come up with something like this for that collection.

Wish I had made something as stunning as this to showcase!

The associated article talks about the Hingecrafter, and the recent upgrade of the LS Positioner to the metric version apparently makes it partially incompatible with the Hingecrafter.

However, I am thinking the easiest solution is to maintain some capability of imperial positioning, by acquiring an Original Incra Jig.  I haven’t as yet, but the thought is there.


Also, while on the topic of Incra, I have been using the 1000SE Mitre Gauge a bit recently, and enjoying the ability to significantly extend the fence for crosscutting very long boards.

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