I attempted the salvage of my toolbox mistake.

Cutting the back part of the shelf out was a joy, barked my knuckles pretty hard working in the close space leaving a lovely red dot to mark the occasion. I then installed what I’ve read is called a French rack? Two thin strips tacked together with 1/2″ spacers. All my chisels and gents saws fit in there along with a compass, small marking gauge and awl.

The shelf fits my square, big marking gauge, bevel gauge, folding rule and marking knife. Probably needs to be a bit more organized but it’ll do.

Jack plane , smoother, rabbet plane and block in the bottom. Mallet is in there, and the eggbeater drill can sit on top of those in a pinch.

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So all the basics fit.

I was basing this off the Dutch toolchest from Popular Woodworking, but was going to do a flat top (rather than sloped) and fall front built with frame and panel for the practice.

I don’t think I’m going to bother.

I have learned a lot about the tools I own, what I might actually want (pistol grip dovetail and sash saws for a start) and how to do things one minuscule step above ignorance.

More importantly I made a few things.

Rather than finish the toolbox plan, I’m going to call this a basic tool storage solution and complete. Serendipitously enough, the overly complicated shelf is the same width as my bench.

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Tools are now much more organized and close to hand. It isn’t what I set out to do but I got something useful and I learned a bunch.

Not a box
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