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The Finest Example Of A Woodworkers Tool Chest

Some friends of Eagle America woodorking ran across this amazing tool chest and we thought we would pass it along to our readers.

The Studley tool chest was loaned to the Smithsonian, then displayed in the National Museum of American History as the centerpiece of woodworking.

Look closely. You can see just about every woodworking hand tool ever heard of, beautifully mounted in this highly detailed case.

Mr. Studley, a piano maker by trade, created this mahongany tool chest using detailed inlays of ebony, ivory and mother of pearl.

There are individual cuts and recess for each tool as well as hinged compartments behind the tools seen in the photo that contain even more tools.

Just some of the tools in this chest include: hand saws, hand planes, various measuring tools, drill bits, carving chisels, hammers and much more.

Check out the video below and/or read the Fine Woodworking article.

This is simply amazing …

  1. Paul
    May 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve read the article in Fine woodworking many times and in it, it was stated that Studley was a freemason. It sent on to say that many of what the masons believe are integrated in the chest. They’re five butt hinges between the two boxes, five being a prominent number to masons, and all of the marking gauges are in the upper right of the chest, where in the masonic temples they have the alter in the northeast corner. I also read that the little plane in the archway was appraised at around $700, so I’m guessing this chest and all of the tools are priceless.

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