Chainsaw Toolbox

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Project by Woodstock posted 10-08-2018 02:15 AM 10151 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my take on Boxguy’s Chainsaw Toolbox.

While I like the overall idea of integrating the axe handle as a chainsaw toolbox handle, I was concerned with the sharp edge of the blade being so exposed all the time. I could see myself reaching into that section to retrieve something out of the bottom of the box. Then raking the back of my hand on the scary sharp edge of my axe hanging down as I pulled out. I don’t need to shave the back of my hand (or worse) like that. So I decided to isolate the axe blade’s business end all the time unless I meant for it to be used.

The first picture is the box fully loaded ready to go out in the field with all of the odd stuff that usually gets thrown into a 5 gal bucket in a jumbled mess.

Second picture is of the box under construction. I used up a lot of old ply cutoffs from other projects I had kicking around the shop. All ¼” of various grades. The bottom of the box was so twisted I had to pin nail it flat to my workbench & assemble everything else on top of it to it to keep it straight. The compartment dividers are all dado joints and all glued up with Titebond II & pinned together with a 23 gauge pneumatic pin nailer.

I should add I laminated layers of ply together for the two axe handle holes & then routered & sanded those over on the side where the handle enters the hole just to help guide the axe handle home. So the guides are ¾” thick or so & slightly cone shaped.

The third picture is of one of the two new shop supervisors about 15 weeks old inspecting my work as I was taking pictures.

Fourth & fifth picture is a close-up of the slit where the axe blade is kept & the release latch to keep the blade from coming out on its own. A simple big box hardware store stainless barrel latch with the wings bent 90 degrees together to fit on a corner instead of on a flat surface. Have to simply lift up the lever & slide back to release the axe blade. Also here are some of the tools for the chainsaw & two lumber crayons in holders for marking up the wood.

I did choose an obnoxiously bright safety yellow color to make it easier to find in all of the high grass & sawdust around here & it matches the axe handle.

The last picture is of the contents of the box. Each of the four sections has a job.

(Starting from the left.)

First is the fuel & oil for one of the two machines -the chainsaw.

Second is an oil & gas rated extinguisher, expanded first-aid kit, clotting sponge, & tourniquet. Hopefully never needed. But I’ve been around long enough to know it’s needed occasionally.

Third is “fuel & oil” for the other machine -me. Helps to keep me from getting tired & stupid, then possibly needing the first-aid kit.

Fourth is much of the little stuff one didn’t know they needed out in the field…till he needs it out in the field. Hopefully saving a trip back to the shop. A extra cross-cut chain & a ripping chain, chain sharpening kit, safety glasses, touch up stone for the axe, saw bar greaser, plastic wedges, a field guide on identifying North American trees, & a couple of spare spark plugs specific for my saw.

And to keep those comment doubters at bay. I have a separate bag for my Husky helmet/face shield, chaps, gloves, jacket, spare safety glasses plus a few other tools too big to fit in this chainsaw box that’s not shown here.

All C & C welcome.

“Plywood- It isn’t just for jigs anymore….”


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#1 posted 10-08-2018 03:04 AM

very well made, especially love the idea using the ax as a handle !!!!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 10-08-2018 11:36 AM

Well made. It’s amazing how you can customize these totes for special needs.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#3 posted 10-08-2018 12:57 PM

Really like this one! Also a good reminder with the First Aid kit…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#4 posted 10-08-2018 03:25 PM

NICE! Going to save this and use it for a build inspiration.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 10-08-2018 04:40 PM

Very nice, brilliant use of the axe as the handle and all the safety you added to it. Thanks for referencing Boxguy’s as the inspiration because somehow I had missed his the first time around. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-08-2018 10:54 PM

Very Nice Project & Well Done Woodstock!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 10-03-2020 03:32 PM

Great idea!!!
No need to be looking for the things a chain saw will need out in the woods, it’s all right there and ready to be used. COOL!!!

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