Tap Storage Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-04-2018 07:43 PM 1478 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have this old box I made 40 years ago and it has extra drills and taps and had become overflowing where they began falling out. I figured it was time to make another box for just the taps- extras, new ones and specially ground ones. I used scraps I had in the wood room and the first thing I found was this old crate my daughter gave me when she worked for the party store. It had DEPUIS 1895 branded into is and I saved the lettered wood for my box.

Then I thought it should have a top because the shop is dusty..and also a tray because the taps are thin and they would not have to be piled on top of each other if I had another level for storage…....... and so this came to be. The corners are just mitered so they needed splines and the bottom ones were cut deep to make supports for the tray. I don’t know what the French crate wood is . I have an oak bottom to the tray and the rest is 3/16 plywood for the top and bottom and the sides of the tray

It finished up at 6”x 9” x4” high and I finished it with satin lacquer.

I thought this crate was from wine so I looked up what Depuis 1885 meant. It was the marking used for Giffard Depuis 1885 Lichi-li Liqueur. The Giffard family founded the distillery in 1885 in Angers, France. They make liqueurs and syrups.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 11-04-2018 07:51 PM

Nice handy box – I like the tray, biggens on the bottom, littlens in the tray

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-04-2018 07:53 PM

A Very COOL Box…

Looks like it’s very well Tapped Out too… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 11-04-2018 08:04 PM

Another good “rescue” and a very usable piece of shop equipment to boot.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-04-2018 09:27 PM

Thanks for posting this project Jim. I have several taps just laying loose that need a proper home.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 11-04-2018 09:30 PM

Man, do I need one of those!!

Nice build. I really like the tray!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 11-04-2018 09:49 PM

Very nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 11-04-2018 09:50 PM

Great idea Jim. I should get off my horse and make one. I like the idea of using the old brand.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-04-2018 10:09 PM

Great looking box Jim, a must in every shed.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 11-04-2018 10:52 PM

Still in good nick & serviceable Jim. Nice solid job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-04-2018 10:53 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I was not going to post it but I thought I ‘d share the info. on the source of the wood in France.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 11-04-2018 11:34 PM

Jim, what a great shop box. I like the salvaged brand, the recycled wood, and the simplicity of the hinge, top lift, and tray lift. The inset top and bottom and the splines should give this box strength and years of use. Using the enlarged corner splines as an internal support for the tray is a great, utilitarian way to efficiently use material. Nice call there.

As you have explained to us, the best boxes flow from the task they are set to perform. Boxes should be built to do something. I love purpose-driven boxes like yours. Thanks for your care in giving us dimensions, pictures, and background information. Your readers are wiser for having read your article. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 11-04-2018 11:43 PM

Good looking box with a really neat piece of historical wood. The extra knowledge of where the original crate came from makes the box even more unique and special.

As others said, the over sized corner splines are a great idea for holding the tray. Looks like another great idea I’m shamelessly “borrowing”.

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

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#13 posted 11-05-2018 12:31 AM

I like the way the splines not only provide support for the sides, but also a shelf for the tray. Nice idea.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#14 posted 11-05-2018 01:28 AM

Real nice tool box Jim! Sounds like you are still accumulating tools, never ends does it?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#15 posted 11-05-2018 02:05 AM

nice box,Jim

-- bambi

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