Small Projects #33: Metric Box - It's full of METERS!

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 11-19-2020 01:57 AM 742 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just got a couple of toys for myself as a belated b’day gift. An outlet tester and an induction probe to go along with my DVM. One of my complaints about DVM’s is that the leads seldom store neatly.

As electrical tools in a wood shop the things collect lots of dust and debris.

I came up with this four compartment lexan lidded box:

It’s a metric box ‘cause its full of meters!

I used 30” of oak 1×6 resawn on the TS to 5/16” and planed down to 1/4”. There is one chunk of 1/4” x 5-1/2” x 18” leftover because of the lexan, instead of wood, lid. There are also a handful of other small pieces left, but overall there was little waste.

The box is 9” x 7” x 2-1/2” and consists of a dozen pieces including the lid but not the felt pads on the bottom. Speaking of felt, I was thinking of lining it with felt but I didn’t have any felt on hand.

The lexan lid holds in place when fully closed.

The bottom is made up of nine pieces counting the ends. Since everything came from one piece of wood originally, the color match is great.

The bottom with “born on” date and my shop stamp.

The box is finished with two slatherings of Johnson’s Paste wax inside and out.

Took a couple of hours not counting glue up and used 1-1/4 bf of oak and 9” x 7” of 3/32” lexan.

As an aside:
There are several threads of the “what do you use to design with?” variety and I thought y’all might want to see the plan for this project.

Plan in red, any “as built” changes in pencil (none in this case.)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 11-19-2020 02:56 AM

Those are the best kind of plans. Nice job on the box too. Seems like there is nver a good place to store meters in a dusty environment, and you solved it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 11-19-2020 05:39 AM

OK if I make a copy of your plans?

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#3 posted 11-19-2020 10:15 AM

a bit of history:

We are so happy electricity has always used decimal units.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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