Carvers Tool Box

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Project by CLS89 posted 11-24-2020 01:09 AM 1487 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Christmas gift for a family member

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#1 posted 11-24-2020 01:22 AM

Nice! How did you sneak the tools away to make the box? Or are you giving the tools, too? If so, you are a mighty nice guy!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 11-24-2020 01:26 AM

The tools are part of the gift

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#3 posted 11-24-2020 01:33 AM

Cool box and a great gift.
The wood tones go together really well.
The lid is super cool!
Someone’s gonna love it.

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#4 posted 11-24-2020 01:48 AM

can we get a little more info? what kind of wood,how you constructed it,what are the tools,finish used ? were nosey guys here.

-- 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 11-24-2020 02:09 AM

Someone is going to be very happy. I can send you my address. Great looking project, well organized.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 11-24-2020 02:25 AM

I’d be happy to provide more info.

The gift is for my fiancé’s grandfather. The tools are simple carving knives and gouges he had asked for.

I can’t take credit for the design. It comes from Doug Stowe’s basic box making book.

The box is made from a salvaged piece of Cherry. The spalted panel you see on top is Hackberry.

The base of the box and the lid where made separately. The lid is a simple frame and panel construction. The miter joints and keys where made on the table saw using typical sleds and jigs. The bottom of the box is plywood that floats in a grooves that I cut into the sides of the box.

I chamfered the bottom of the box on the router table.

I used Brusso hinges. Doug Stowe has a very simple and accurate method for cutting mortises for the hinges. It involves a story stick and a router table. I recommend the book.

I lined the inside of the box with Kaizen foam. I traced the tools and cut the outline with a knife. I used a piece of copper I heated up with a blow torch to form the finger slots within the foam.

The finish is WATCO Danish Oil

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#7 posted 11-24-2020 10:30 AM


Nice work on the box. I have some Kaisen foam waiting to tell me what I should do with it. For sure inside some kind of box.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 11-24-2020 11:58 AM

Very nice job; he will like it

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#9 posted 11-24-2020 12:08 PM

That is a perfect Christmas gift for someone that likes to carve. Nice work.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#10 posted 11-24-2020 02:09 PM

Great job. I’m sure it will be treasured.

-- -Todd

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#11 posted 11-24-2020 08:27 PM

What a beautiful carvers box. You did a great job, you should be very proud.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#12 posted 11-24-2020 11:09 PM

A beautifully made carving box, CLS89. Here is a link to a carving box project. It may offer some ideas for your next carving box: 1. personalize the outside with a carved monogram, 2. Fit the inside for maximum number of tools, 3. Put the slipstone vertically to minimize its space.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#13 posted 11-25-2020 11:30 AM

Very nice project. I’m going to try and make something similar for my granddaughters.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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