Rustic Garden Toolbox

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Project by mauipapa posted 02-02-2015 05:00 AM 1105 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 2 year old grandson and I made this rustic toolbox for my wife, his Nana, for Christmas. She’s not the type to express what she wants (she’s a giver) so I had to spy on her pinterest to figure it out. It’s made from reclaimed oak from an old pallet. The oak was nearly rock hard, so it’s good that it was supposed to be rustic, and I didn’t need to plane it or square it up. The sides and handle are simply glued and pegged in. There is no finish on the tool box – it sit for years out in the sun and rain, so I figure it’s done what it’s going to do. The most important thing is that she loves it, and even more so since two those little hands helped drive those pegs in.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 06:28 AM

WM, looks like you and your grandson had fun and that is the most important thing. Grandson projects are the best, especially if they are for grandma. Since this is to be utilitarian and rustic and simple, it looks like you have hit all the bases on this home run. Sometime I would still recommend that you take off a few of the rough edges to spare grandma some splinters. A little edge sanding or planing would go a long way. I imagine other boards would have been a bit lighter. Enjoy the next few years. they are precious in the lives of grandchildren.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-09-2015 02:18 AM

Thanks, Big Al – good advice too.

-- W. Muse, Maui Hawaii

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