Mystery Tool Tote

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Project by Woodfix posted 07-04-2009 05:22 AM 2593 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The point of this project was to practice my joints, Dovetails on this project. I fail to see the reasoning in practicing joints just so you have more fire wood. It also includes finger joints (which did not work out too well).

Hardly fine furniture or creative box making but a handy accessory none the less. Includes numerous ‘design features’ that I couldn’t be bothered fixing. This was mainly due to the ends are held to the bottom by dovetails and these were the first dovetails I had ever cut. So when errors started appearing in the finger joints that holds the sides on I was not going to recut my very nice FIRST dovetails to fix them. Hence the inclusion of a couple of unintended design features.

It works, a bit too heavy but it does the job.

I am currently working a small version that will be a ‘toy’ for either my son or one of my nephews. If it works out, I will make one for each of them.


-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 07-04-2009 05:25 AM

A great learning experience. And a project to boot.

Good job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-04-2009 05:45 AM

first dovetails i ever did ,
i put them every where on box,
sides , ends , top and bottom !
i had a hell of a time getting it to fit .
i found it years later ,
and had to laugh at the clumsy work !
i don’t make them now ,
to much time !
but you got a nice box out of this deal.
and learned allot too !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-04-2009 07:01 AM

Nice tote for your tools. Usually the dovetails are side grain to side grain because the glue doesn’t hold too good on end grain.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 07-04-2009 07:31 AM

Good practice piece looks fine


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#5 posted 07-04-2009 03:08 PM

  • A…* for effort woodfix…’s better than some I have seen…....good job.
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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 07-04-2009 04:16 PM

A nice looking toolbox. Did you have problems with the DTs breaking off across the long grain as you were cutting them?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Occie gilliam

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#7 posted 07-10-2009 02:21 PM

Nice tool box, i need about ten of these, i think i will make ont today

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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