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Project by recycle1943 posted 04-10-2020 04:06 PM 798 views 3 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought my DowelMax for the giving hands project last year and haven’t used it since but have for a long time wanted to make a suitable container. The cardboard box was housing it just fine but we are woodworkers are we not.
This is my version –
As I walked thru the garage yesterday I spotted what appeared to be a large crate slat board. It had 2 nail holes at the top, bottom and middle of a 5’ long x 5” wide board. I didn’t recognize the species but I’m leaning towards mahogany or some other exoctic wood because of the color and grain.
Anyway, it is now a ‘crate’ for my dowelmax along with some sycamore pieces, a block of walnut and a couple pieces of cherry.
The middle of the lid has a sycamore lip not because I planned it but because I screwed up when I cut the box apart. I cut in the wrong place to separate top from bottom and the stock was only 3/8” thick and I wasn’t comfortable using a hinge. So, cut sycamore strips for the lid and the bottom and now I TOTALLY understand why a shooting board is so handy. I managed to get the miters cut on all 8 pieces and glued them in place without the benefit of clamps of any sort. Yeah, I know – ya gotta clamp glued pieces, NO you don’t. nuff said on that
Almost forgot, the top is definitly a piece of SCRAP walnut. Please note the punky areas and the viods I filled with resin. This piece was a real piece of s crap but I thought it would make a good top, nobody will see it except you and me. lol
All in all it looks like a comfortable place for the DowelMax to sit til I need it again.

a couple shots of the lumber, maybe somebody can identify it

As always, comments and build tips are welcome.

-- 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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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 04-10-2020 04:31 PM

Very nice! Thanks for the build photo’s. It’s nice to build a nice home for your special tools.

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

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oldrivers

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 05:20 PM

Very Nice well organized, I like the book matched lid.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 04-10-2020 05:41 PM



Very nice! Thanks for the build photo s. It s nice to build a nice home for your special tools.

- jeffswildwood


Thanks, As good as the max is, it deserves special treatment

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 04-10-2020 05:43 PM

Excellent box, Dick. I love organizational projects!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 04-10-2020 05:44 PM



Very Nice well organized, I like the book matched lid.

- oldrivers

Thanks, that walnut bm has been laying around for a month or so and I had to make the box fit it instead of the lid to the box

-- 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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recycle1943

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#6 posted 04-10-2020 05:45 PM



Excellent box, Dick. I love organizational projects!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


Thanks Jim, it was a long time coming, I should be ashamed

-- 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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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#7 posted 04-10-2020 06:06 PM

I had to zoom to inspect the way you did the lid-to-box closure because I thought it was interesting and unusual; and I was thinking, ah, thats a cool detail. Then I read your write up. You shouldnt have told anyone.

Anyway, nice work, Dick. I like that bookmatch on the top.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 04-10-2020 06:28 PM



I had to zoom to inspect the way you did the lid-to-box closure because I thought it was interesting and unusual; and I was thinking, ah, thats a cool detail. Then I read your write up. You shouldnt have told anyone.

Anyway, nice work, Dick. I like that bookmatch on the top.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

Thanks Brian, It wasn’t a whole lot of fun fixing that screw up but the challenge was there, already had too much time in it to scrap the whole thing.

-- 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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BurlyBob

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#9 posted 04-10-2020 06:36 PM

That’s a great design. Anything that helps keep your tools organized is a winner with me.

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 04-10-2020 07:38 PM



That s a great design. Anything that helps keep your tools organized is a winner with me.

- BurlyBob

Thanks, the nice thing is that all of it was bits and pieces and basically of no use until – - -

-- 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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anthm27

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#11 posted 04-10-2020 08:42 PM

I don’t think you need any build tips on this Dick.
Lovely job and that Dowelmax definitely deserves a great home like you’ve given it.’
Great Job.
Regards
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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Oldtool

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#12 posted 04-10-2020 09:21 PM

Wow, very beautiful design and build. Your selection of wood is great, wonderful wood color contrast and natural features. This is one fantastic “tool box”.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 04-10-2020 10:57 PM



I don t think you need any build tips on this Dick.
Lovely job and that Dowelmax definitely deserves a great home like you ve given it.
Great Job.
Regards
Anthm

- anthm27

Thanks Anthony, it’s because of you that I even bought 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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recycle1943

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#14 posted 04-10-2020 10:58 PM



Wow, very beautiful design and build. Your selection of wood is great, wonderful wood color contrast and natural features. This is one fantastic “tool box”.

- Oldtool

Thanks, I got lucky with this one – everything just sort of came together

-- 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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NotaJock

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#15 posted 04-10-2020 11:13 PM

The top in that second picture looks like a long sad face to me.
Very nice looking box.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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