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Project by Ben posted 02-09-2020 01:13 AM 1602 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was insired by Pekovich’s Essential Tool Chest but wanted something smaller, so this is my adaptation.
Brusso hardware throughout.

I have to say it’s probably still too big to be dragging around to job sites, and very heavy even empty. My next project will be a small hand tote. All I really need to bring to site is a jack plane, block plane, occasional router plane and some chisels. So this might wind up going to my girlfriend as a knitting box.

Pekovich does amazing work, but I have to say I think this design if kind of goofy. Unnecessarily convoluted, and not so great with regards to expansion and lots of different grain orientation. If I had it to do over again I would have done a more dovetail-centric design and avoided all the weird grain orientations and panels.

I had originally left the tenons proud, which looked nice, but a badly botched shellac job caused me to sand it all out flush and start over.
I did box joints on the bottom because I was all set up for it after a kitchen project.

Not my proudest or happiest work, but it should make a nice box for something!

Thanks for looking.





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 02-09-2020 01:45 AM

As a tool box I’d be scared to use it for fear of messing up that beautiful wood. As a Knitting box, I’m betting your GF would be thrilled.

Very nice looking box.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 02-09-2020 02:33 AM

It looks amazing regardless of what it is used for.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 02-09-2020 03:08 AM

I think it look wonderful! Fantastic work with the Cherry and those other woods. How you inlaid all the hardware is amazing. It’s a winner in my book.

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#4 posted 02-09-2020 03:25 AM

That looks good! I agree with you about the design though. I’m making a similar tool box right now and looked at a bunch of different ones when deciding what to make. For that one, it seems like a frame and panel back would have made sense to get rid of the cross-grain joints on the back. That front panel seems wide enough to potentially cause problems too.

But, yours came out looking really good.

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#5 posted 02-09-2020 04:25 AM

Handsome work

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#6 posted 02-09-2020 08:06 AM

Prettiest toolbox Ive ever seen.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#7 posted 02-09-2020 10:45 AM


... probably still too big to be dragging around to job sites…

Exactly my sentiment when I started to read your post!.

... should make a nice box for something!

Then you came to your senses.

... Not my proudest or happiest work…
- Ben

And… went stupid, again! That I totally disagree with… Personally, as a box, it looks fantastic and you should be proud… Just put it to better use than workshop fodder and make it a presentation unit inside the house.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 02-09-2020 01:18 PM

That is beautiful.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 02-09-2020 02:21 PM

I really shouldn’t say this but I will -

LBD said it and I agree !

-- 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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#10 posted 02-09-2020 05:14 PM

What a beautiful job!

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#11 posted 02-09-2020 05:21 PM

Beautifully done!

For future reference, messed up shellac finishes can often be fixed by simply cleaning off the shellac with denatured alcohol with minimal sanding. I have even refinished some vintage mid century modern furniture that have a shellac finish this way. I usually use a scotch brite or similar pad dipped in alcohol and then finish with a coarse cloth that is slightly damp with alcohol.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 02-10-2020 01:35 AM

Amazing tool chest Ben great design and build.

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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#13 posted 02-10-2020 01:37 AM

Looks nice! How big is it? As far as shellac goes, I’ll never again use anything but spray for application. Maybe that will annoy some people but that’s my decision- especially with amber shellac. Getting the color right isn’t easy with a brush.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 02-10-2020 02:53 AM


... especially with amber shellac. Getting the color right isn t easy with a brush.
- Dark_Lightning

If you have the time, check out this video (it drags on for about 1.5 hrs… suggest download and watch in installments, over a beer or vino), might not totally make a shellac convert of you, but, it’ll teach the right way to do it.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 02-10-2020 03:12 AM


... especially with amber shellac. Getting the color right isn t easy with a brush.
- Dark_Lightning

If you have the time, check out this video (it drags on for about 1.5 hrs… suggest download and watch in installments, over a beer or vino), might not totally make a shellac convert of you, but, it ll teach the right way to do it.

- LittleBlackDuck


Beer or vino, I’d be asleep before it was over. Maybe I’ll watch it after I’m fully caffeinated in the morning. I’m a wiping oil finish convert now, anyway. A new project will be posted soon to prove that…right after some defective stuff I ordered for drawer pulls is replaced. That doesn’t alter the finish, but I want it complete before I post.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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