Small Projects #38: PC Router bushing storage box

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 02-11-2021 01:15 AM 855 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just bought a set of Porter-Cable router bushings. These are available from lots of vendors priced from about $10 to $50. Being the cheap illegitimate son that I am I bought the bottom dollar brass (not alum thank you) set.

Apparently a major cost item is the lousy plastic storage box:

The box doubles the cost!

The set I ordered came in a plastic bag in a thin index card stock box, not really suitable for long term storage.

This box isn’t much larger than the card paper box the pieces originally came in. Made from 1/4” stock the box is 2” x 2-3/4” x 3-3/4”. The two interior compartments are 1-1/2” W x 2-1/4” L and 1-1/2” D with a 1/4” divider.

Neatly stacked.

The box itself is oak 1x ripped and resawn at 1/4”. The lid is 3/32” lexan.

Lexan lid slides and locks.

The box was sanded to 240, date stamped, and then got the usual shop treatment of two slatherings of Johnson’s Paste Wax.

Shop stamp and date on bottom.

About 90 minutes plus an hour of glue drying time.

11” of oak 1×6 ripped into one each 1-1/2” and 2” strips, resawn to 1/4” (I have a 1/32” middle strip from resawing in from both milled sides.

Ship carpenter’s chests were filled with lots of tools, each in their own case like the precious jewels they were when you were at sea without spares. Each tool encased in wood not only to protect the tool but to demonstrate skill in box making.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 02-11-2021 01:58 AM

looks just like the set i have from about 15 years ago,only diff is the box is blue.forgot what i paid,it wasn’t any where near fifty tough.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 02-11-2021 08:22 AM

...... when you were at sea….. Each tool encased in wood not only to protect the tool but to demonstrate skill in box making.
- Madmark2

Encase in wood so it woodn’t sink.. bugger the sailors, save the tools.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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