We would put making sure that your toolbox is fully stocked and organised high on the list of priorities for any competent DIY enthusiast, as explained in our ‘Tools you should have in your first tool kit’ article which remains required reading for anyone wanting to buy a tool kit for the first time. You’ve got to feel for William Robertson though, who makes working tools so small that finding where you left them in the first place is a hard enough job in itself.
The Toolchest site – an absolutely brilliant resource for anyone who’s even remotely interested in the art of the good old tool chest – has featured a remarkable tool chest that took an impressive 1,000 hours to complete. This isn’t any old tool chest though, it’s not just a perfect recreation of the 18th Century Hewitt Chest at Colonial Williamsburg, it happens to be at a 1/12 scale. So, while it contains all the tools that were found in the original these are tiny recreations of what an 18th century gentlemen would normally use to get his DIY done – although surprisingly they all work!
Toolchest gives us further insight into this masterful creation:
The chest is primarily made from mopane wood which looks like mahogany in scale and oxidizes similarly. The secondary wood is Swiss pear.
There are also cast brass Rococo drop handles as well as beaded backplates. It should also be noted that the minuscule lock actually works, and the label on the underside of the lid is printed on 18th century paper — in lettering to perfect scale of course.
The contents of the tool box shows you how the contents have changed over the years, as you most likely won’t have some of the following tools in your tool box at home. Included in the chest are miniature versions of a hatchet, try square, backsaw, smooth plane, three tanged chisels, a mallet, round file, claw hammer, an oilstone in its case and more. The blades on some of the tools are made of steel, while brass and different types of woods make up the structure of the tools proper.
Would you ever have the patience of creativity to create something like this? Head over to our Facebook or Google Plus page and let us know if you’ve completed or are planning to start a similar project. For example, you could be working on a doll’s house for your children or grandchildren and we’d love for you to share it with us!