Zemmel's tool box organizers
Here is a little story that shows you how I got
where I am with boatbuilding. My father died 8 years ago, he
was a fine platinum jeweler, and I inherited his tools. The
were all sorts of pliers, tweezers, soldering tools, a Fordham
motor and flex shaft etc. etc. I wanted something to keep them
in and I thought a Sear multidrawer mechanics tool chest would
be the answer. After looking closely at them I decided they
were kind of tacky.I then searched for an old multidrawer antique
dental cabinet. Found two of them- over $1000 each- that's out.
While browsing at Boarder's Book store one night in the woodworking
magazines, low and behold, there was this roll top multidrawer
tool chest- exactly what I was looking for- a very handsome
piece in which to keep my father's tools. ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.
What seems like a million years ago, actually closer to 45,
I had wood shop in junior high school and, I knew I could make
this. Off to the depot for a router, router table and tablesaw.
To make a long story short, it came out better than I had ever
hoped. This is now the top half of the chest. I then got seriously
involved in woodworking making entertainment centers, desks
and all sorts of things large and small. I also upgraded all
my tools to professional quality- thank you Jet, DeWalt, Senco,
Porter-Cable and all the rest of the big guys.
The top chest is made of solid red oak. The drawer sides are
maple and the bottoms are 1/4" plywood. There is no mechanical
hardware in this piece. The drawers run on maples guides which
ride in a routed dado in the side of the drawer. The tambour
is also solid oak - 24 piece which are linked by canvas straps
stapled to the inside- I made this not knowing that one could
purchase redymade tambours.
The base chest is a simple case of 3/4 oak plywood with solid
oak face frame construction. The drawer are of increasing depth
top to bottom and are made of 1/2" baltic birch plywood
riding on $1.49 steel drawer quides. A couple brass handles
on the side for pulling it over the carpet on it's casters and
some 79 cent solid brass drawer pulls dress up the front.