Box for Grandfathers Chisels

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Project by Leginxx posted 04-16-2020 01:19 PM 745 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hope everyone is safe at home.

A few weeks ago I found some really old tools my father-in-law had. All were in pretty poor condition in a canvas bag. in it I found some chisels , all different brands , shapes and sizes. My son and I picked out the best….which were very rusty and pitted for me to have a go at “making decent” So i used some Shield Technology Restore liquid and steel wool to get the worst of the rust off. Flattened the back of one and got sharpening , eventually upto 8000 grit. Boy it was good and really satisfying, so I carried on with the rest .

They needed a house so I made this out of scraps for my son to store his now very sharp chisels . It’s Yellow Southern Pine with the lid panel set into a rabbet and a bit of inlay set in a 5mm rabbet then the lid cut off at the table saw .There are two pieces of Iroko to hold the chisels that have tenons set into a mortise in the pine. Completely over the top!! I put magnets to hold the chisels into Sapele . The catch and handle are from a school chair leg in beech which have a magnet underneath them to hold the lid down. The splines are walnut. What a mixture!! It’s lined with some left over moire fabric. Finished with Danish oil and buffed up with paste wax. Point is he now has a set of great chisels with a brilliant link to his grandfather who survived two prison camps, told fantastic stories about WW2 and was a fabulous carpenter.

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#1 posted 04-16-2020 02:04 PM

Beautiful box and a great story.

-- Tim

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#2 posted 04-16-2020 02:08 PM

The box is dynamite – yellow pine ? your top is really nice, has a great pattern

-- 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 04-16-2020 02:21 PM

Very nice, I admire restoring old tools, and making a box for them, and passing them down. How wonderful for you and your son.

-- Sandon

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#4 posted 04-16-2020 03:30 PM

a beautiful way to honor a special person.ill bet those get handed down to his son someday.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 04-16-2020 04:38 PM

That´s a fine home for old tools. If only I could be so industrious, lol.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2020 05:10 PM

Beautiful and useful.
Instant heirloom case for your heirloom chisels.
Great job.

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#7 posted 04-16-2020 05:41 PM

Nice home for your nice hand-me-down tools! Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 04-16-2020 05:55 PM

Great story. I starting my woodworking hobby due finding my Grandfathers old Porter Cable router. I didn’t even know what a router did back then.
Hopefully this will inspire your son to enjoy woodworking in some form or another.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 04-16-2020 07:22 PM

Great box, great backstory. Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 04-17-2020 12:32 AM

Lucky you, wish someone left me a box of well made chisels, I am envious. Nicely done on the box as well they deserve a fine home. Hopefully you will get some good use out of them.

-- John in Florida

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#11 posted 04-18-2020 09:45 PM

Good father son day!

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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#12 posted 04-22-2020 09:14 PM

Great story. Beautiful box. The chisels look valuable in there.
OK. Gotta admit, it brought tears to my eyes.
It’s perfect for what it is.

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