I can't think of any pieces of furniture designed to withstand a blow from a 12 X 12 inch oak beam swinging downward from 30 feet above...maybe some Stickley items.
This walnut table was shattered by a powerful downward force. The client asked to have it put back into good order.
You may find this tool chest a very practical design for your needs. I made my tool chest of solid mahogany. Its a great design to experiment with, you can purchase a couple of nice clear pine 1 x 12's and make a test version to suit your particular measurements before you commit to that curly maple or quilted cherry.
Marriages in the world of antique furniture are are often greeted with mild contempt to outright horror, usually proportional to the potential value of the piece.
You'll need a place to keep your tools in some kind of order,this type of chest has proven versatile for me over the years.
There were numerous losses and damage to the carved elements, not surprising given that almost the entire surface was covered in pierced carving. Many of these losses were not structural in nature but were large enough to compromise the appearance of the piece.
Adding sculptural elements to our woodworking projects may make them more interesting or help us reference a particular style. In Restoration, our choice is removed; when a piece comes into the shop missing parts, we need to recreate and finish them to match what's missing.