Small Projects #36: Caliper Storage box

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 01-26-2021 12:23 AM 579 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Have a nice 8” digital caliper for 8 or so years. After much use the plastic clamshell case’s hinge started to fail and the case was cracking after a drop or two (oopsies).

With nothing much else on my plate while waiting on router toys, I built this little replacement case for my caliper.

Caliper Storage box

Lid lock requires thin kerf blade for .093” lexan.

The box is 12-1/2” x 4-3/8” x 1-1/2” with a 1” interior clearance.

I used a nice 14” piece of “cherry looking” clear pine 1×6. Ripped to 5” for easier 5/16” resaw. A quick pass thru the planer and I had two perfect 5×14 x 1/4” blanks. One for the sides and ends, one for the 3-7/8” x 12” bottom.

The piece for the sides and ends was ripped into three 1-1/2” strips. These form the two 12” sides and the two 4-3/8” ends.

The sides were dado’d 1/8”, 1” from the bottom. Due to the thin kerf blade this took two passes. One at 1” and one at 1-1/32”.

One end piece was dado’d 3/32” wide, 1/8” deep at 1-1/32”. This provides a lip that will hold the 3/32” lexan lid. The 1/8” sq dados on the sides allow the lexan to slide freely until it locks into the end.

The 2nd end piece is ripped to 1-1/4” for lid clearance.

Look closely at step in left corner, lexan rides up and locks.
The edge of the lexan is slightly beveled to ease final seating.
The two lid end corners were rounded to make starting lid smoother.

The padding from the original case was reused and glued in place with some old RTV I had on hand.

As its a shop box, Johnson’s Paste Wax is the finish of choice, No feet are needed as this is not a display piece.

Total time: a little over an hour plus glue time.

Total materials:
  • 14” clear pine 1×6
  • 4-1/8” x 12-3/8” lexan
  • glue

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#1 posted 01-26-2021 01:42 PM

Just in time!! My caliper box is also cracked and stuff falling out. Great idea for the weekend. Nice job too.

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