shop storage box/silica

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Project by oldguy2 posted 02-12-2017 11:58 PM 1896 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the continuing story of using my scrap buy and my shopsmith shelf was a fail. I bought a craftsman tool chest for the accessories. Tool chests need silica bags to prevent rust has been my policy for years. So after Christmas I have been a collector of more silica bags from boxes and gifts, anywhere. So in my shop I had more than enough for the small nylon stockings I use in the drawers to keep the bags together. And I wanted to keep the extra bags in one place. I went to my scrap box and made this from two boards..about 5 and 1/2 ends by 4 and 1/2. and sides about 4 and 1/2 square. I sized the bottom as a press fit. The top is three pieces a square to fit inside, main lid between the edges and a handle. Everything was a glue up. and about two hours as an impromtu idea. Inside will be a plastic bag with extra silica bags as I get more and some nylon hose from my wife that I will use as holder bags in the drawers to allow air to circulate. Silica bags can be microwaved to dry them out. Another tool chest I have for chisels and wrenches has never collected rust on tools in the drawers and I have had basement shops and garage shops. Free moisture prevention. Later I may stain or polyurathane this. It also gave me some gift box ideas like dowel pins for to hinge the lid on one end and round the top corners of the box sides. Or decorative edge on the lid with the router before I put that handle on.

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#1 posted 02-13-2017 01:38 AM

My old shop teacher told me that if you make something out of a piece of wood from a “scrap pile” it isn’t “scrap” anymore. If you throw it away it’s scrap if you use it, it’s functional or beautiful or both. Looks like you have a beautifully functional piece there. Scrap no longer.

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 01:59 AM

I have a tap & drill set in a metal case. I cut a 1×3 piece of self stick felt and once in place I saturated it with 3-in-1 oil. Been three years in a unconditioned Florida garage and no signs of rust yet. Put a oiled felt bottom in your box and see if that helps.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 12:23 PM

I save silica bags too. My wife thinks I’m nuts. (she may be right for different reasons) Glad to see someone else using silica bags especially with a cool box to store them in! Great use of scraps!

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 03:46 PM

It’s a good practical storage box for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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