Old Tool Box

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Project by helluvawreck posted 08-23-2010 07:24 PM 14471 views 23 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is nothing particularly special about this box. It’s totally utilitarian in nature. It’s made out of poplar, the hardware is plain, there never was a finish put on it, and there is nothing fancy about the joinery. I built it about 14 years ago to simply hold my tools and keep them safe. It has been moved around many times from plant to plant and house to house and back and forth. The only thing really special about it is that I took my only son, Charlie, to the plant one Sunday to build it. I knew that if it didn’t get built that day no telling when it would get built. My son was 12 years old and he helped me and we built it in about 5 hours. It was a special day with my son. The reason that the box is so special to me is that I lost my son a couple of years later. If I ever decide to take this box out of my shop I will probably make it into a coffee table to go in our den and put some collectors tools in it for a conversation piece. The last picture shows the tools that I now have in it. BTW, when you see a man mount a pencil sharpener on his favorite tool box you can pretty much assume that he has a small shop and no other place to mount it – assumption correct.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 08-23-2010 07:43 PM

Neat looking old tool bax I’d say you did a great job on it…............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 07:51 PM

thank´s for the story about this box, sorry for your loss
I most admit I thought this is werd place for a sharpner :-)

its a good biiiig bastard of a toolbox, it most be very havey when its filled with juwlry :-)

by the way how big is it realy :-)

take care

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 08:23 PM

Yes sorry about your son.
And it’s a wonderful toolbox, and quite amazing what it can hold.
This kind of boxes used to be quite normal on the construction sites, today most tools are brought to the site in a plastic bucket, and it hurts my heart to see this.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 08-23-2010 08:55 PM

Nice collection of planes that you hide in your special box. So sorry to hear about your son.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 04:29 AM

One great tool box and story….well done Sir.

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 04:55 AM

That could very well be the greatest box on earth. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 05:11 AM

Thanks for sharing… Having built the tool box with your son is special. I’ve been very blessed with 4 sons and almost lost one a few years ago. They’re all grown now but I love building with them. We dads can only imagine your pain. If you could muster the courage… I would love to see a picture of Charlie if you could add it to your album. Whether we see the pic or not, my prayers are with you and your family. Thanks again for sharing!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 06:23 AM

I like the pencil sharpener on the side. Nice touch!

I appreciate the stories of folks lives heard here. Thanks for sharing.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#9 posted 08-24-2010 02:00 PM

Thanks for all of the warm, friendly comments, folks. I do love the old box and I’ll never forget my loss or get over it but it’s been 12 years and God has a way of healing these things with time and I know that my son is in a better place. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-24-2010 03:13 PM

I think the sharpener is one of the best parts, it makes it unique. I can relate to having a father/son project. I just finished one of the first with my son last week. Cherish those special memories. They’re never lost as long as you can recall them in your mind’s eye.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 08-24-2010 04:04 PM

Neat box…...its got more compartments than an old steamer trunk!!!...........a lasting memoir of days with your son.

As for the pencil sharpener…’s probably used just as much as any tool in your shop……..... hang it somewhere convenient!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#12 posted 08-24-2010 04:32 PM

love the pencil sharpener….becoming a father is one strange feeling so happy to become one so scared of loosing one..grat post :)

-- jjempson

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#13 posted 08-25-2010 01:31 PM

That tool cabinet will always hold every cut, scratch and dent of your bond with your son. Thank you for allowing us a glimpse inside your memory. You made an excellent tool storage box.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 09-02-2010 04:37 AM

Nice tool box. I have 3 pencil sharpeners around my shop, one right next to my tool box. Still can never find a pencil in my shop.

-- Tom

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#15 posted 09-02-2010 04:04 PM

Thanks for the replies, everyone; Tom, I have found that the little wooden boxes that Hobby Lobby sells for $2.99 are very handy for all sorts of things in the shop – including pencils. I was the same way about pencils at one time. I never had any when I needed one. Well one day when I needed one and didn’t have it I said to myself “why you fool, you don’t have any pencils because you don’t ever buy any.” Well, right then and there I hopped in my truck and drove down the street to Staples and I bought a pretty good supply – I’ll probably have pencils for years, now. Well, I’m probably still and old fool but at least I, now have pencils. Take care.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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