Remarkably Wee Tool Chest
Photo: Bruce Dale

MAKE alum Rachel Hobson points us at this delightful 1/12 scale miniature replica of an antique tool chest from Colonial Williamsburg. The artist is William Robertson:

Robertson’s tool chest contains all the same tools that were found in the original. All the tools work, even the plane’s tote (handle) is set a scale 1/8″ to one side as the original. The saw has 160 teeth to the inch. Robinson says that the hardest tool to make was the folding rule with 5 leaf hinge. It is about .030″ thick and hand engraved on boxwood. Things like the shears and dividers also have nice little joints.

The tiny hand plane sharpening the pencil is an especially nice touch. Click through, below, for many more astounding details. Fine Woodworking has a narrated slideshow showing off more of Robertson’s work. [Thanks, Rachel!]

William Robertson Miniature Tool Chest » The Toolchest Site

Hamler Tools — Miniature Replica Tools

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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