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Chest of Tools

Chest of Tools
Collection of the National Building Museum.

Gift of Kathleen Conley

Donated in 2014

The chest is a carpenter's tool chest from the late 19th to early 20th century and is one of those for a carpenter skilled in doing finish work and moldings. Typical of that period, it is one the carpenter made himself to show off his skill. It is quite elaborate for what it is, with dovetails and sliding tool trays inside, the owner’s name on outside. The planes are all wooden molding, rabbet, and edging planes so they are not the everyday tools of the average worker.

Carpenter's chest and twenty molding and smoothing planes. Marked E.P. Leonard. Chest belonged to Conley’s great uncle, "E. Leonard," whose family was from Foggy Bottom.