Travel toolbox from scrap box (recycle)

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Project by mafe posted 12-24-2010 04:06 AM 5136 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Travel toolbox from scrap box
a recycle fairytale with a twist…

One evening I left our friend Napoleons place I saw some junk in the street, and as a real recycle fanatic I had to go and look, so I parked the car, and took a look on the old things.
Yes I had spotted right, there were a beautiful old wooden box, but it had no top and a rotten bottom, so I was in doubt, but found the patina and the old dovetails so full of charm that I could not let it slip through my fingers.

And this travel toolbox was the result!
But will you travel MaFe? No but now I have a new hobby box, perhaps it can stay at Napoleons place when I go there to teach him a few tricks about making knifes as I promised him (he might not need that)!

The tray is made from an old broken roadblock bar I found in the street, so the color and patina here are original.
I gave it a new top and bottom of plywood and cut of the top for lit. Then some stain for patina, and after some layers of lacquer.

I added a thermometer and moisture ‘clock’ I had in the workshop, for the looks, fun and that I can then keep track of the place I stay in.

And finally some leather details.

My dear daughter was full of wonderful words today when she saw it, so I probably have to give it to her one day.

Hope it can bring some Christmas smiles,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 04:11 AM

Great story.

Great rehabilitation of found materials.

Great additions—the leather and the weather gauge.

Tres belle, mon ami !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 05:21 AM

Love the thermometer and barometer. Great piece.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 05:30 AM

What an awesome save! You have made it into such a great and useful piece. I am sure if you do pass it on to your daughter it will be a great treasure and passed on again.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 08:39 AM

Great fund there. You brought it back to glory.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 08:51 AM

I didn´t know you was to Steampunk Mads …..LOL
but well I shuold have gesst it you vintage bandit

great looking box Mads , I like it , whats the sice on it

Merry Chrismas

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 10:01 AM

Wonderful story and recycle job Mads! With the thermometer and ‘moisture meter’ addition… it looks like your designs are now entering the ‘steampunk’ category of woodworking. Love it!

Wishing you a ‘god jul’ friend!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 11:24 AM

Nice one Mads.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 11:28 AM

Great Find, Great Re-cycling, Mads!!
Your stories always leave me smiling, my Friend… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 12-24-2010 11:28 AM

It’s a new lease of life Well done!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 02:04 PM

You are a total nut!! It takes a creative mind to see positive outcomes in what others see as junk.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 12-24-2010 05:13 PM

Your great find seems to have as much character as you Mads. What a way to bring it back to life. Good stuff my friend…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 12-24-2010 07:00 PM

Great little treasure box, and if your daughter is anything like mine are, you know it is really hers now and you
are just getting to borrow it for a little longer, but since we raised them that way we really can not complain.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 12-24-2010 10:06 PM

I am all smiles! another great one Mafe! Merry Christmas to you too.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#14 posted 12-25-2010 06:33 AM

another great item from mafe, love those projects of yours.

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#15 posted 12-25-2010 12:26 PM

What can i say Mads:) ...a great box and of course your little box will get a place in my shop and your coffemachine too :D

Now i know why the neibourgs talk about a strange man with a hat is running around and looking in their containers :D

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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