Briefcase Storage Box

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Project by doubleDD posted 01-12-2020 06:47 PM 526 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There’s a long story on making this briefcase style storage box but in short they work out great for me as far as being stackable with storing on a shelf. As long as what is being stored inside fits without being too tall this is my go to way to build a storage box. The handle is a plus in case I need to carry somewhere out of the shop.
It’s made of stained popular and chestnut. 16’’ x 9 1/2’’ x 4’’ high. The lumber is only 1/4’’ thick which had me worried at first but it’s very stable. The handle felt too thin in my hand so I added a piece of bamboo flooring between the two halves of left overs to thicken it up. I used two 3’’ hinges since I was out of piano hinges and it works fine.
Finished with hand rubbed sanded Danish oil and lacquer.

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

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#1 posted 01-12-2020 06:51 PM

Isn’t that a masterpiece!?..Magnificant wood used…and handle looks fantastic!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-12-2020 07:09 PM

that is too cool ! I’d like to have the patience to make one

-- 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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#3 posted 01-12-2020 07:10 PM

beautiful box dave,i love your handle too.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 01-12-2020 07:51 PM

Pretty cool looking brief case. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 01-12-2020 08:00 PM

Great idea for storing many item or tools in the shop! I wish I had the space to put a few of those! If I did you would have to come down and visit me again to show me how you made that nice looking handle! When you come to visit just use that great looking brief case for luggage! You won’t need many clothes it’s 82 degrees here right now! LOL!
Nice work Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 01-12-2020 08:17 PM

Whoa boy! pure awesomeness

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#7 posted 01-12-2020 08:22 PM

Great work Dave. I too like the handle. Not only practical for storage, but good looking too!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 01-12-2020 08:54 PM




Thank you for sharing!

You did a GREAT job!

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

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#9 posted 01-12-2020 09:06 PM

That is one beautiful storage case Dave. Anyone would be proud to carry a brief case as nice as that one to the office.

-- 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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#10 posted 01-12-2020 09:30 PM

And I’m buys big box stores storage boxes! Why didn’t you post this sooner! Very cool idea and execution.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 01-12-2020 09:46 PM

WOW..that is a beauty, Dave. Very nice work on it!! Who wouldn’t like to carry that to the office?

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 01-12-2020 10:22 PM

Very nice and unique build. Congratulations on your DT3!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 01-12-2020 11:13 PM

Thanks Ivan. I have a lot of this lumber so I thought I’d use it.

Thanks Dick. I’m sure you have the patience, just think of it as a boxed lampshade. LOL.

Pottz, I thought the handle was the best part too. I’m glad there was enough leftover to do it.

Thanks swirt. I wasn’t aiming to make it that nice, it just came out that way.

Hi Tony. 82 is too high for this time of year. We just had a 2 1/2’’ rain storm, 1/2’’ of ice and a couple inches of snow the last 36 hours. It looks beautiful out there and a perfect 30 degrees. But back to a heat wave in the 40’s again Tuesday. I could use a little tan on my legs they’re starting to look white again. Let me check my flyer miles.

Thanks wildwoodbybrianjohn. I’m building another one and experimenting with the design. It should be interesting.

Thanks kdc. I’ve been putting handles on most of my boxes lately. It makes them more convenient. So why not have them match. haha.

Thank you Joe. I appreciate the nice comment.

Thanks Lee. If I was still working I might try to use it for work. However I have no intentions of going through that again. LOL.

Thanks peteybadboy. We buy those plastic storage boxes for our Christmas stuff but my tools get the wood box.

Thanks Jim. I may have to use it as a suitcase if I go visit Tony. (woodshaver)

Thanks Jerry. I like to play around with things on the less important projects so I will be ready when I need perfection.

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

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#14 posted 01-12-2020 11:31 PM

That is a snazzy case. Beats my boring old briefcase from back in the day when people still used them.

-- Rick M,

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#15 posted 01-12-2020 11:33 PM

Looks like another hit Dave! That is beautiful and useful. Super job!

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

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