(Another) Carpenter's Tool Box

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Project by NBeener posted 03-25-2010 08:49 PM 5732 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first one went to my li’l step-grandbaby.

This one’s for my nephew, Alexander. His … Idunno … maybe 11th or 12th birthday comes up soon.

Between that and … my nightmares about my less-than-perfect dovetails the last time around … I thought this would be a nice gift.

It’s beetle-kill pine—Lodgepole Pine, to be exact … or … so I’m told.

The company that logged and sawed this stuff is only a few miles from my house. I bought the rough-sawn boards and whipped them into shape.

Definitely a personal taste thing, but … I was so fond of the look of this wood that I chose clear spar urethane for the finish. It should give it good protection without altering the look of the wood.

The bottom isn’t the beetle-kill stuff. I was looking at the Depot, one day, and saw one of their 2’ x 4’ “project boards.” It had a nasty little warp in it. The employee—without me uttering a word—whipped out The Big Green Marker and marked it “CULL—” meaning that—instead of about $22—it was $0.51.

Yeah. Fifty-one cents!

The wedges in the dowel ends are leftover African Mahogany from the night stand projects.

So … that’s that.. Nothing left to do but another coat or two, and then …. box ‘er up and ship ‘er out!

Thanks for looking!

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 09:19 PM

niice little toolbox
I´ll bett he will love it
niice tuch with the dovetails
and the wedge
Now hurry back in the shop
and make some tools for him
what shuold he do with out


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#2 posted 03-25-2010 10:16 PM

Nice tool box.

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 10:28 PM

Great little toolbox you made. I like the dovetails and the wedge accent in the handle. Your nephew should get some good use out of this. Good project and gift, thanks for sharing it with us.

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

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 10:51 PM

onwards and upwards , neil .

sure to make him happy ,
( a helper in the wings ) ?

wedge goes 90 deg. to the wood on the end .
so it won’t split the grain .
so A+ , sorry .

-- 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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#5 posted 03-25-2010 11:19 PM


David ... and … to the person who PM’d me about the same thing ;-) ....

I think I made the same mistake on the last tool box, too!!!

Thank you SO MUCH for reminding me.

THAT one … I should have remembered!

[it’s rough getting old :-)]

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 11:41 PM

The wedge looks nice. I have just glued some in, but I really make a tight fit first. My stuff has lasted for decades, but then again it isn’t a gift and I didn’t do much for the appearance other than some WATCO. About to go down and WATCO a couple of totes I finished. Should be blog fodder for the weekend.

And I didn’t know that about wedges either, David.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 12:24 AM

Very nice, that was an awful nice discount too.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 12:39 AM

very nice tool box i like it keep up the good work

branch ok

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 02:19 AM

Alexander will be getting god use from that thing when he is your age Neil.
Great gift !

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 03:04 AM

Nice toolbox. I want one too.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 03-26-2010 03:20 AM

really nice box for an up and coming…train em right beener…....and oh i really like the handle….....geee i wonder what it would have looked like with African mahogany in there…hmmm o just thought of that..oh well…maybe next time huh,,,hehehe

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 03-26-2010 11:39 AM

Great tote Neil. It will become a prized possession. I found it’s better to have a nice one like yours. I made one 14 years ago when I started woodworking and while it definitely isn’t nice it just won’t go away!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 03-26-2010 11:56 AM


If you want to save it from splitting, run a 1/4” dowel down through the middle of it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 03-26-2010 01:31 PM

Great gift Neil!
Pretty nice pins and tails.

Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 03-26-2010 06:25 PM

I have two tool boxes. One is very large, and designed to carry portable electric tools, bigger hand tools, and materials. I built about 15 years ago. It is very handy when you have to do fixemup stuff away from the house, such as at my office, the motor home, etc.

The other one I have is smaller, almost exactly the same size as the one displayed here. It was made by my son when he was about 15 in his shops class about 1984 and given to me as a gift. It is used the most, and it is about the right size for quick fixes in the house. Lets see, that means that the tool box is about 25 years old. Goes to prove that a well built tool box will last for decades.

At the same time, 1984, our office manager decided we needed some wooden boxes with partitions to hold sorted charts for the patients to be seen that day. So she commissioned my son Chris to do it. He used my shop to build the boxes, using oak and oak veneer. I work in a clinic with 3 other physicians, and 3 PA’s, a nurse practitioner, physical therapists, etc, about 40 employees. Three of us physicians own the premises. As you might imagine there is a heavy flow of patients each day, and the office manager wanted some boxes to match the decor, and to hold up to abuse.

You guessed it, my son’s boxes are in use even as I write this, and will never die. And they look as good as the day he built them. Some of the things we make will easily outlast the tools we used to make them.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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