Left Overs Tool Box

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Project by Waldschrat posted 07-30-2009 04:34 PM 5387 views 22 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, I have been wanting to build a tool tote for some time now for building and mounting projects, when I am in front of customers… I know, I have already one built out of pine which looks just about like the one littlecope posted under charlie1958s tool boxs’ comment section. but I wanted to show off some nice wood and skills while under the watchfull eye of customers. The people in the business know how it is the man with his organized tools and well made box makes an impression that he does good work and cares for and has pride in his work. In simple terms like a business card, or brushing your teeth ;-) Says alot without saying anything.

Besides I had left overs right?

I had a ton of left overs from my Journeymans Piece, and I decided I had enough of my chisels banging around getting dull not to mention my Jap. Saws and just wanted some “Ordnung”. I was also tired of the relative wide compared to the length of my old one that I built a few years ago, I wanted something narrower but there fore longer so clamps fit inside and the longer Jap. Saws, and whatever else I want to fit in then passes. so you will probably notice that the walnut pieces are exaclty the same width as the ones I used on another project that I posted recently.

I cut the slots and drilled the holes for the chisels with a mortise machine in the shop so that way the smaller chisels have their spot graduating in size to the bigger ones, and they will never contact each other because I cut the strip in two, one is glued in toward the bottom and the one that you see is of course on the top with a cone shaped hole so the chisels do not bounce around and sit snugly, but come out easily.

The small saw compartment has a “false” wall held in place by super strong tiny neodym magnets, about 8 mm across and the saws are held in place by a combination of magnets and “hooks” holding the hand grips in place. I have gained the expierence through working in many different shops and different professions, that if putting something away is complicated, it simply wont get put away. So magnets are a great solution for something like that, quick to access and quick to stow. No problems.

The cool thing about this design, is that because of the carrying frame (the walnut part) the body of the tool box can be made alot thinner than most you see, keeping the wieght down. You also might have noticed the bookmatched and bookmatched again, veneer work. This is veneered upon a fir core board with the locking veneering then the Euro. Cherry which you see, also much stronger (agains bending thru although made irrelivent because of the carrying frame) and lighter than birch plywood, or press boards of any kind, which are all heavy because of high density and glue content. If you noticed the groove toward the bottom, that is completly there on purpose, part trademark of the school where I learned, part design line, part practical purpose, which would be in case it does not exactly line up, put a grove there and problem solved, but here it does (must line up) so I did not need it in this aspect ;-)

the surface is oiled

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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Don K.

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#1 posted 07-30-2009 05:45 PM

Beautiful tool tote…I like it very much !!! And I agree…how you present yourself to a customer says way more than words. Even with my small remodeling business…my guys wear uniform shirts with their names (I don’t supply pants…they can wear shorts /jeans whatever…just no rips)...and they darn well better keep my trucks clean and organized.

I think a customer/client just feels more at ease when the guys in their house are clean cut, nice tools, truck is clean and organized etc etc etc….Vs. a crew sitting in their house with ripped stained shirts, underwear showing through ripped jeans….and a truck sitting in their yard with the dash cover in four feet of coffee cups and tools and supplys laying all over the bed and hanging off racks.

I think your tool tote is pure class !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 07-30-2009 06:21 PM

That is really gorgeous! I love the design, and the joinery you used.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-30-2009 06:32 PM

Very nice design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 07-30-2009 06:37 PM

Sie haben es Sehr vernunftig und schon gemacht , well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 07-30-2009 08:01 PM

what scotsman said .Really nice, nothing like a sample of your joinery to advertise you as you work.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 07-30-2009 08:28 PM

I really like the fact that the box sits on the Walnut. Does it ever cause any issues on uneven surfaces?

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 07-30-2009 08:46 PM

First of all thanks to you all for the feedback!

sIKE, no I do not have any problems of it sitting on uneven surfaces, because its sitting only on the two strips of wood. I am also happy with the walnut, because when i have to set it on anything wet, I do not have to fear the wood rotting or a fungus creeping in, walnut is fairly resistant because of the tannic acid in the wood. I have considered putting 4 small squares of leather on the bottom to make it even more softer to set down in somebodies house, and I could replace them from time to time, in fact I think that is exactly what I will do tomorrow morning! I got an old pair of Redwings that I have been saving for the leather!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 10:00 PM

It would be a museum piece in South Dakota.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 07-30-2009 11:22 PM

Very nice tote for some very nice tools!!

-- 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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#10 posted 07-30-2009 11:47 PM

I agree with what Don said. If you you look professional more than likely you are professional. Your tote shows the great pride you have in your work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 08-14-2010 04:20 AM

That’s using your coconut mate. I really like that tool tote design, especially the two tone contrast. Very nice.
Like Lumberjock members always say: You won’t find firewood in a woodshop.

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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