DTC Lifts & Hinges – Order Now

Jonathan Schroeder’s Dutch tool chest, which he made in a class with me earlier this year…or maybe last year…they’re starting to run together…

I’m prepping for two Dutch tool chest classes this month: one at Lost Art Press in Covington, Ky. (sold out) and one at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in Port Townsend, Wa. (a couple spaces are still available – the registration deadline is June 3).

My favorite commercially available hardware for these chests is from Lee Valley Tools, and until June, the company is offering free shipping. So if you’re in either of these classes – or working on a chest at home – now is the time to order.

The Riverre diamond-head nails give the chest a sturdy, old-school look (but cut nails or screws work just fine, too)

I’ve a passel of Rivierre diamond-head nails on their way to Port Townsend and Covington (so no need to buy those for these classes). But take a look at the chest lifts (shown both atop and at the bottom) and the 9-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ strap hinges on one of my chests below. If you like those, now through Tuesday is the time to order.

Dutch Tool Chest, open

About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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6 Responses to DTC Lifts & Hinges – Order Now

  1. Kent says:

    What lengths of nails do you recommend using in DTC?

    • fitz says:

      It depends on the stock; for 3/4″ pine, I ordered 6d (50mm) – I could go up a pennyweight for pine…but there is no 57mm Rivierre nail available.

  2. toolnut says:

    Who made the straps in the top photo?

  3. ralmcc7yahoo.com says:

    Ms Fitz, what are the pros and cons with having the hinges on the “inside” or the “outside” of the lid?

    • fitz says:

      Well, the argument against having them on the outside (on the back, as for the typical strap hinges) is that one could easily unscrew the hinges to get inside the box. But it’s a small enough box that one could simply pick it up and walk away (were one nefarious), so I don’t know if that argument holds water. I just like the way they look on the outside. But if one of the straps is long enough, it could be bent to fit over the back to be screwed on the inside. And butt hinges work, too (in those, the screws aren’t accessible…but the box can still be lifted, literally and figuratively)

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