It’s hard to overestimate the role the English style tool chest played in laying the foundations for much of the built environment we know today. Through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, at home and abroad, the design remained much the same enhancing the reputation of the craftsmen that built them. This project gives students a chance to continue that fine tradition by building their own version of this iconic piece. The construction methods used throughout this class are the foundation for making all manner of case furniture items back in your own shop. Robust joinery in the form of hand cut through dovetails are at the heart of the build and Derek will show several ways to cut them efficiently. Guides are a good way to start off but nothing beats the satisfaction of creating the perfect joint free-hand, and that’s the goal. Three days into this five day class and students will be cutting dovetails with their eyes closed. At around half the size of a full English tool chest, this version is large enough to accommodate a basic set of essential tools without taking up half the shop. While there won’t be time to fit out the interior of the chest with tills and racks everyone will leave with the skills and confidence to complete that task at home.