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Building the Perfect Tool Chest Paperback – July 3, 2003

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About the Author

Before becoming the Acquisitions Editor for Popular Woodworking Books, Jim Stack spent more than 20 years working in commercial cabinetmaking shops. He has contributed to Popular Woodworking magazine and is the author of Northwoods Furniture. The Biscuit Joiner Project Book and Design Your Own Furniture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Woodworking Books (July 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155870650X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558706507
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Adam Weber on October 2, 2004
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I am presently building a machinist's toolchest, which I designed myself, using ideas from Jim Tolpin's "The Toolbox Book" and a bunch of pictures and data from the internet. I'm happy with the results so far and confident of completing my first effort. However, if I'd had Jim Stack's book, I might have started my project a lot sooner. "Building the Perfect Toolchest" is a book of projects--15 of them--that covers almost the same RANGE as Tolpin's, but obviously not in such glorious and varied detail.

The first project is a simple plywood box with all mitred joints. Then we see a similar flip-top chest with frame and panel construction. From there we move on to a suit-case style caddy with a few simple drawers. Then, progressively, we go through multi-drawer chests, rolling tool carts, open totes and wall-mounted storage, culminating in a full-sized, professional standing cabinet in two pieces that could hold almost all you would need.

Every chapter includes complete cutting and hardware lists for duplicating the projects exactly. (A nice touch is the inclusion of inch AND metric dimensions!) The color photos are superb, the directions clear and simple and the suggestions for variations of design are very helpful.

There is a great emphasis on machining and it almost goes without saying that the router and tablesaw are used throughout the book. There are clear explanations of all fixtures, jigs and gadgets and even old hands will pick up a couple of useful tricks here. I believe the best feature of the book is its user-friendliness. Even real newbies should have no trouble working confidently, accurately and safely by following the text. Your only problem will be getting to keep any of your first efforts for yourself!
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This is the first "How To Do It" Kindle book I have tried. I like that you can enlarge the photos to see details clearly. The thing that is the hang up is that I can NOT see the measurements or the project pieces with measurements well enough to read the numbers or other details. Those parts cannot be enlarged or copied. I tried to copy to MS Word and enlarge. The regular text would enlarge, but the other parts would not. Suggest you not buy the Kindle version until the publisher fixes the formatting.
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A really nice book of projects for tool nuts. The projects run from simple tool totes to fine furniture versions of tool chests. Of the 15 projects, I hope to find the time to build 10 or more, if I do, there's more reason to buy more tools to put in them. Each project has 3 view drawings and materials lists and plenty of construction photos. The book covers different joinery techniques and use and care of a few hand tools that can be used while you're building. I consider myself lucky if I find a book with 3 projects that I might actually make, this book comes out way ahead of most other project books that I have bought.
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By Happy Ten on October 16, 2015
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I've checked this book out at the library before and thought it was pretty good. The projects aren't super sophisticated but they are all relatively interesting. A couple of the projects are built with recycled pallets. I actually liked that the author showed that. It was good to see an honest project that wasn't built with "cherry picked" expensive lumber.

So not a bad book. Look at any previews or even the cover art and you can get a sense of what the pieces look like.

I'm not sure that I could say the instructions were detailed but someone building a big rolling cabinet or a machinist type tool chest may already have some skills and not need as much information.

This book is one of a dozen or so that I tried on Kindle. The book functioned great on an iPhone 6Plus and a PC. I don't own a Kindle device or a tablet. I think the book would even be better on an iPad or something like that. My only minor gripe was that the photos or images don't enlarge to a clear or useable level in either of my devices.
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"Building the Perfect Tool Chest" is perhaps too grand a title for this little collection of illustrated instructions to build 15 different tool boxes from wood. Maybe one or more of the 15 projects will be perfect for you, maybe not. For a broader consideration of tool storage efficiency, usability and the integration of tool storage with the rest of your shop or work environment, plus a project plans for a few tool chests, consider, "Workstations & Tool Storage (New Best of Fine Woodworking)".
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This is an excellent book.If you want to own tools, you should build one of the tool chests describe in this book. If you have never built anything before, just start with the first project and build a few of them. The basic projects are all built with 3/4" (19 mm) plywood, and a single sheet will build 2 or 3 of them.
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Interesting book with lots of good ideas; everything from old classics to modern innovations, stylish and clever, ornate to practical.
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I have already made the wall mounted cabinet as I had everything lying around the bench and stools so have already started to use the ideas enclosed.
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