Toolboxes for Father's Day

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Project by KimAccurso posted 06-19-2018 12:27 AM 5539 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really (i mean REALLY) liked Bobasarus's toolbox. So Father’s Day was coming and I decided to try to somewhat duplicate the beautiful work he did. Mine aren’t near the quality but at least I tried and I’m pleased with the way they turned out. The ends are walnut and the faces are ambrosia maple. I should have realized how heavy they were going to be! I admit these are not hand-cut dovetails, I did them on my Leigh jig (which I am quite fond of!!) but I did hand cut the mortises for the handles – first time doing that and I’m pleased and addicted now. The handles are just hard maple, cut using a ply pattern and the router/bandsaw/router. The trays (as Boxguy will see) were a result of a sporadic ‘spline fever’ outbreak in Missouri (LOL). I cut those handles from hard maple on the scroll saw and glued/dowelled into position. For the bottom of the toolbox I used 1/2” BB ply for strength and 1/4” in the trays. I used General Finishes Java Gel stain to darken them. As I was in a bit of a time crunch and knew these toolboxes wouldn’t be used to the magnitude most of us would use them, I decided not to inlay a cross grain piece on the ends and didn’t add a wedge on the tenons of the handles. Otherwise, I would have found joy completing those tasks as it would have been a learning experience for me and would have added a lot to the craftsmanship.

The Ambrosia Maple is beautiful and these pictures aren’t doing it justice. I should have taken them out in the sun. There is lovely figure in there. The rails holding the trays are also Ambrosia Maple and I used finish washers only because I’ve seen my Grandpa use them (otherwise I never would have known how they can give an extra ‘finished’ look!)

I pre-finished the insides before glue up on all pieces (including trays). Insides have 4 coats satin wipe on poly and 2 coats wax, outsides have 4 coats satin, 3 coats gloss wipe on poly (purely for experimentation – and glad I did). I don’t normally do anything with gloss but these turned out great and you can’t even tell the difference between inside and out.

Final admission – there is a 3rd toolbox which I will post later – it was the ‘test’ piece (which was meant to keep) and has a few minor mishaps but it’ll be ok. Only because one of the recipients isn’t much of a tool-guy am I keeping one of these for myself as I have only a piece of crap toolbox for myself that is not even worth posting here, and I carry my tools every day. The 3rd toolbox will be a great belated First Father’s Day gift for him. I may be just a 5’2 girl (ok- old woman, and these boxes are heavy!) but I’d sure like to call one of these my own :))) We are having a late Father’s Day and I sure hope my dad will like his!

Thanks for looking and reading my lengthy post – Happy Belated Father’s Day to all ‘Dad’ Lumberjocks :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 06-19-2018 12:48 AM

WOW Kim you have done a really nice job on these boxes ….loving the wood contrast …. and dovetails and splines you certainly went for top notch work very excellent …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 06-19-2018 01:49 AM

Very nice collection of tool totes. Well done.

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#3 posted 06-19-2018 03:35 AM

Great set of tool boxes.

Looks like I need to steal some more ideas from Bobasaurus! ;-)

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#4 posted 06-19-2018 04:19 AM

Great gifts and excelent joinery details!

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#5 posted 06-19-2018 04:25 AM

Beautiful work!

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#6 posted 06-19-2018 11:25 AM

I’ll bet they were thrilled to receive their toolboxes. I know I would be. They look great.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 06-19-2018 03:28 PM

Those are beautiful!

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#8 posted 06-19-2018 03:48 PM

Those are beautiful. Nicely done.

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#9 posted 06-19-2018 03:48 PM

Outstanding as always! Congrats on the top three. Nothing wrong with a spline outbreak as long as they contrast.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#10 posted 06-19-2018 04:46 PM

These tool boxes look great and are beautifully done. Nice work!

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#11 posted 06-19-2018 07:39 PM

Those are very fine looking tool boxes. Ones to be very proud of!!


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

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#12 posted 06-19-2018 08:43 PM

Super job on those toolboxes, the contrasting woods, the designs, construction, all look great. Lumberjock’s is a great forum for all of us to learn from. When I look at your toolboxes an see a skilled artisan who inspires and teaches, and for that I say ‘Thank You.’

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#13 posted 06-19-2018 11:17 PM

Beautiful to nice to use for tools great job


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#14 posted 06-19-2018 11:49 PM

Super job on those toolboxes, the contrasting woods, the designs, construction, all look great. Lumberjock s is a great forum for all of us to learn from. When I look at your toolboxes an see a skilled artisan who inspires and teaches, and for that I say Thank You.

- Joe

Joe, Thank you for this very nice compliment – and thank you to all for the compliments. This is a fantastic forum for ideas and sharing, I have learned more from you all than from anywhere else. To see something you very much like and try to recreate is a great educational experience. For you to say you see a skilled artisan – I say the artisan who is far more skilled than myself is Bobasaurus on this one. Nevertheless, I can’t say how much I appreciate that, very meaningful. I really enjoyed this project. If you are like me, you might enter your shop at say, 10am and the next thing you know it’s dinner time… :)

ps, they are 11lbs each – load it up with tools and well….I might need a 2-wheeler – HA!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#15 posted 06-22-2018 01:34 PM

Loves these boxes.
Hmmmm….I’m gonna have to switch mine out!!!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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