Oak and maple tool box

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Project by Wintergreen78 posted 02-26-2020 05:23 AM 926 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this out of red oak and a piece of maple someone was throwing away. I used poplar for the drawer sides and backs and for the panel on the bottom. The drawer bottoms are Baltic birch. It is finished with shellac.

I really like the tool box that Paul Sellers built for his on-line classes, so I used that general design for this one. I wanted three drawers though and I wanted to keep as much depth for the drawers as possible so I used runners and grooves in the drawer sides instead of building a frame for the drawers to run on. I’m not thrilled with how thick I had to make the drawer sides though, so the next time I build something like this I’ll either try to refine the design or I’ll switch to traditional dividers.

This is for my bicycle tools and spare parts. I’ll probably make some dividers for the drawers to help organize things better after I’ve used it a bit and settled on where I want to put everything. It also got me to go through the old plastic toolbox I had been using. I threw out a bunch of junk and ended up with a few useful bits I can take down to the local community bike shop to donate.

I’m pretty happy with how this came out.

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#1 posted 02-26-2020 12:17 PM

Very good!

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#2 posted 02-26-2020 10:41 PM

Very cool. Nice work too.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 02-27-2020 02:11 AM

Looks great. Nice work on it.

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#4 posted 04-03-2020 04:38 PM

I really like the drawer handles, I was looking for something like this when I was building out my workbench under table storage drawers. I will surely keep this in mind for future projects. The toolbox itself is beautiful and shows some great craftsmanship. Congrats with the build and thanks for the idea!!!


-- Hutch

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