Tackle Box

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Project by doubleDD posted 10-13-2016 01:36 PM 1558 views 6 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although my grandson hasn’t reached 2 yet I decided to build him his first tackle box. My daughter in law wanted a small box to put letters and numbers in for some kind of learning game they have for him, so it will be used for that until he gets a little older to use it for fishing. A 2-fer.
I also bought him one of those pen size fishing rod and reels to put in there. Opens up to 38’’, perfect size for him.
It’s 12’’ x 7’’ x 7’’. The raised panel top is made out of chestnut I got from my next door neighbors tree and the sides are from ash trees from the neighbor across the street. She lost 11 ash trees and I made out. The tray has removable dividers except the center one which acts as a handle. Also the black foam on top makes a tight seal so all the small loose tackle will not get mixed up if knocked over. The handle is made out of black locust and the hardware was from an old briefcase. Finished with 2 coats of BLO and 3 coats of polyurethane.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 10-13-2016 01:38 PM

It will be a lovely memory for him. Awesome finish on top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dan P

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 01:57 PM

I like the way you did the spline, having it double as a tray support.

-- Daniel P

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 02:11 PM

Ditto to what Dan said. I really like the idea of using the splines as a tray support. Beautiful finish.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#4 posted 10-13-2016 02:12 PM

VERY nice work- bet the grandson loves it

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 10-13-2016 02:23 PM

Love the design. Extremely well done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-13-2016 02:59 PM

That’s wonderful. He’s going to cherish that for years to come.

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#7 posted 10-13-2016 03:08 PM

Truly a special gift! The inlays are beautiful!

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#8 posted 10-13-2016 03:45 PM

You are an awesome grandpa Dave. The tackle box and fishing trips with grandpa will build everlasting memories for your grandson.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 10-13-2016 03:46 PM

That’s an awesome idea with the splines. The first thought that came into my head when I first looked at the picture was “that top spline looks way too big”. I kept looking at the pictures and never noticed that it went through to be the shelf support until reading more of the comments above. I never thought of doing that with box splines but I will sure use that at some point now!

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#10 posted 10-13-2016 03:47 PM

This is a beautiful tackle box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 10-13-2016 04:10 PM

as usual, you did a fine job for both the wood and your grandson.

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#12 posted 10-13-2016 04:54 PM

Thanks Ivan, I’m hoping for some memories, just like the ones from my son and daughter.

Dan, I got the idea from seeing other LJ’s use the splines the same way. Thanks.

Thanks Chris. The finish should last a lifetime. I hope.

Thanks mike1950, I wish he was a bit older to appreciate it being so young.

Thank you Monte.

Bob, at least long enough to fill it up with tackle.

Thanks Catt.

Lee, I wish I could take him right now on a trip. I’ll just have to wait.

Thanks ScottM. That’s what’s great about this site. I saw another LJ use it.

Thank you Charles.

Thanks madsass. Wait till you see it in front of you. You will want to make one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 10-13-2016 04:54 PM

very nice tackle box. Well thought out design!!!!!!!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-13-2016 05:09 PM

Nice job Dave. He’ll probably use it to carry around Hot Wheels cars (do they still make them?) or other “worldly treasures” ... And it certainly looks well constructed enough to be passed along to future generations.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#15 posted 10-13-2016 05:25 PM

Absolutely magnificent! Too beautiful to get mud from the creek bank all over, but can be cleaned up if dirtied. I likewise had never thought of using the splines in that manner. Your artistic ability is superior. Thanks for sharing with the community.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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