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Two Boxes to Tap and Die for.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 09-23-2020 02:18 PM 717 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

I held out posting this project till I got some pictures of the project box(es) in use. I finally got the pictures a few weeks ago, so I no longer had the excuse of sitting on my rrrs and just making stupid comments to other LJ members’ projects and questions.

It all began… Once upon a time, a friend inherited a metal lathe with a bucket load of miscellaneous accessories. He approached me regarding a box to confine the various taps, dies and their respective handles that were included in that aforementioned nefarious bucket. His briefs were not jocks, but rather a very basic box design, and after the mandatory deposit of a cask of vino, it was time to tap dance to my SketchUp office.

I came up with these two initial designs,
  • For the dies and die holders,
  • For taps and tap holders,
I was promptly advised I had them rrrs about so I did some quick re-configuration,
  • For the dies and die holders,
  • For taps and tap holders,
  • The die holders tray,
  • The tap holders tray,

First step was to create the cradles for the bits and pieces on the laser out of 6mm MDF,

Picked some 290mm wide pine boards which was primarily used for the box tops and thereby governing the overall boxes width,

Followed by laminating the cut MDFs to create the various trays,

Took the easy option of screwing the lid onto the box, ensured the trays fit,

and confirmed the trays weren’t glued to the box and actually moved,

Created the front face plate with a contrasting jarrah strip and a finger hole for the “handle”,

Fortunately I used brass screws. They were too close to the edge and were not overly damaging on the TCT roundover router bits during trimming. Gave it a couple of coats of tung oil,

and again confirmed the trays can still move (but not left),

To confirm my lunacy, I did the same with the second box and shaved the brass screws the same way.
Cannot remember why I changed the front plate, however, rather than a slot-runner, I opted for rare earth magnets,

... actually I cocked up by not executing my design to the exact mm and it was easier to ad-lib than redo the internals… hell, it was a freebie for someone else and still looked good… and the friend was happy (after some wacky backy).
I also must have been smoking something that day, since I refuse to drink while operating the tablesaw, and that ad-hoc alteration was screwed (and I don’t mean the lid). The drawer/trays kept sliding out when tilted forward and dislodging the magnetic security flap. This was compensated by a long ¼” bolt through a hole in the front of the trays securing them to the base,

Finally here are those arse moving pictures I alluded to at the start of this fairy tale,

Oops!

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





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pottz

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#1 posted 09-23-2020 02:25 PM

dang duckie you keep makin boxes and that lab of yours is gonna look like that warehouse from indiana jones-lol.looks good though.

-- 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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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 09-23-2020 02:31 PM



dang duckie you keep makin boxes and that lab of yours is gonna look like that warehouse from indiana jones-lol.looks good though.
- pottz

Where else do you think this last scene in Indy was shot?

Actually it has a non-cluttered residence about 160K away.

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

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 09-23-2020 02:48 PM

Sweet! I keep my T&D’s in an old cigar box, I could use something like that. Plenty of room for my 3 or 4 “good” taps and dozens of broken taps.

You do fine sketchup work, must be nice to have all the spacing, etc. figured out before cutting versus feeding the wood stove with “prototypes” like I do 8^)

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Dutchy

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#4 posted 09-23-2020 03:09 PM

Very nice my frind, the benefit of a laser.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 09-23-2020 03:38 PM

WOW, and so much better than the plastic boxes they come in sets you see. Recently acquired several larger taps with no container for them. Have to study what you have done and see what I can adapt for me to fit in a drawer, but have the trays. And of course not have them fall out.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 09-23-2020 03:45 PM

GOOD IDEA and i do love it except for the screws holding the box together i know your better then that all them fancy tools you own and thats how you make a box with screws LMAO :<)))))))))) also did you lose your video camera maybe you run it over with your new battery mower as that is the last video you made

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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pottz

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#7 posted 09-23-2020 03:52 PM



GOOD IDEA and i do love it except for the screws holding the box together i know your better then that all them fancy tools you own and thats how you make a box with screws LMAO :<)))))))))) also did you lose your video camera maybe you run it over with your new battery mower as that is the last video you made

- GR8HUNTER


yes but those screws were prcisely spaced then counter sunk all to the exact depth and driven to a torque level governed by the specie and moisture level of the wood.so there!! ;-)

-- 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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Lazyman

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#8 posted 09-23-2020 04:03 PM

I am really disappointed that you showed the wrong type of tap.

AND here is what a tap holder looks like

-- 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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doubleDD

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#9 posted 09-23-2020 04:55 PM

Perfect box for great management of those tools.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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splintergroup

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#10 posted 09-23-2020 05:22 PM

Good call Nathan!

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WeekendWoodworking

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#11 posted 09-23-2020 05:53 PM

Wow, very nice!!!

-- Steve

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#12 posted 09-23-2020 07:10 PM

Those are really well thought out. I don’t have the desire to learn sketch up. Still use the T square, and triangles I learned in H.S.

-- Petey

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#13 posted 09-23-2020 07:31 PM

Pretty sofisticated, my friend!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 09-23-2020 07:33 PM



Those are really well thought out. I don t have the desire to learn sketch up. Still use the T square, and triangles I learned in H.S.

- Peteybadboy


wow get all high tech on us petey-lol. heck thats a lot more than i even do,im talkin about a rough sketch on a pad with the basic dimensions,and thats it.

-- 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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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 09-23-2020 08:58 PM

Thanks all for taking the time to look…


Sweet! I keep my T&D s in an old cigar box…
- splintergroup

So did I splinter, but then the missus made me give up smoking and shoe boxes were just too big for small parts… especially her size… now I’ll need a steak for the upcoming black eye.

... And of course not have them fall out.
- woodbutcherbynight

If only my tablesaw had a DELETE or keys I could fix just as quick as in SketchUp.

... except for the screws…
... video camera maybe you run it over with your new battery mower…
- GR8HUNTER

But they were brass screws and only for show. It was a design feature in case a tool dislodged and the trays got stuck… I could remove the lid and un-gum the works…
Hell on hindsight, just goes to prove that sometimes a smart arsed come-back may actually be practical.

I appologise for no video… the boxes are in Melbourne about 160K away and my camera only has a 159K zoom extender… no run over… the mower has been in hibernation due to rain… ‘lectricity and water don’t mix, especially when I’m sitting in the middle of the two.


yes but those screws were prcisely spaced then counter sunk all to the exact depth and driven to a torque level governed by the specie and moisture level of the wood.so there!! ;-)
- pottz

Not torqued at the time pottzy... I had to accumulate the pension cheques to build up for Milwaukee wrench.
Still use the T square, and triangles I learned in H.S.

- Peteybadboy

wow get all high tech on us petey-lol. heck thats a lot more than i even do,im talkin about a rough sketch on a pad with the basic dimensions,and thats it.

- pottz


Welcome to the new century pottzy.

NASA gifted me with one of these high tech gizmos years ago,

after that I was like a dog with a bone.


I am really disappointed that you showed the wrong type of tap.

- Lazyman


So am I, now... what wasn’t I thinking… ”but, but, it was only a small box your honour!”

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

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