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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 03-03-2021 01:58 AM 1037 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls

Unlike the Dark Lightning’s Caliper Tray project, the guts and the plastic of my box was intact… and I spell mine with two Ls.
Nevertheless, whenever I wanted to access my callipers, it was always blocked in by some stupid project I was working on,

I had a few more good quality callipers (as opposed to those el cheapo $29.99 Chinese crap), and I wanted a more convenient place to store them so they were readily accessible. Initially I mounted a set in near reach of the tablesaw,

and another set near the drill press,

While they were more accessible, because of the mounting I was intimidated by the thought of the plastic box suffering fatigue and breaking, plunging the calliper into a duck dive onto the concrete floor and breaking… though it wasn’t the concrete I was in fear of.

I sent out an APB in D L’s project (referenced above… and here again for those lack of motivation) and after wading through the thousands of suggestions and PMs (I didn’t receive), I chose one brilliant idea, anonymously contributed by cest moi.

The first step was to get a profile of the calliper so I could construct some sort of a receptacle within a box. Scanning and importing into SketchUp, I traced around the picture to get a shape,

After some trial and error,

I came up with a profile I could design a box around


and in my now boring fashion, laser cut all the parts,

and segregated into the tray parts

and the lid/mount parts,

then came the glue up,

Finished the first, tung oiled it and made up the second,

Put a knob on one of the boxes,

not because it needed it, but because I bought a shitload of them when they were reduced to $10 for 10… and as everyone always say, free from the scrap bin.
The knob was put underneath as the box was a vegetarian and there wasn’t enough meat on the front to hang the knob. The knob wasn’t put on the other as it might interfere with the tools sitting loose on the pull out Ryobi shelf below. Not that anyone else might care, but I had to remind myself why.

I also laser cut some felt inserts

to cushion the callipers during the inactivity snoozes.

Seems like I’m getting religious in my old age and turning into a nun… its becoming a Habit to make a video to accompany my posts.

If you remember my mention of the el cheapo $29.99 Chinese crap, well it’s now wort $32.04 as I have added a $2.05 MDF box around the first one I was stupid enough to buy,


This I keep in my office for those midnight vino cask remainder measurements.

For those that got this far and thought Ahah! thank the gods he didn’t do another bloody puzzle… well Nyah-nyah-nyah!, it’s cut out on the laser, HOWEVER, its assembled like a Jigsaw!

Keep safe jocks... and your jocks safe!

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





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 03-03-2021 02:10 AM

Another nice box. I’m getting the idea that this isn’t the last one.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 03-03-2021 02:26 AM



... I m getting the idea that this isn t the last one.
- Dutchy

Will be for a while… I have a deadline of 16th. for a more important task.

Also, wouldn’t call it nice, but would call it practical.

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

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 03-03-2021 02:47 AM

Impressive, love your approach very practical and well built. Sure it may seem like a small item and overkill to others but the reality is you use this tool enough and have a need to have conveniently located.

While I do not have the laser and all that to make one as cultured looking as this one, I am motivated to make one for my caliper as well. Have to consult my stash and find the home, then get to the build.

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

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Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 03-03-2021 02:55 AM

+1 will you ever make an urn soon? they are popular over at Pottz’s site. With all that talent… but as a fellow woodworker can you agree that sometimes it takes an “urge” to get us going?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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mel52

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#5 posted 03-03-2021 03:36 AM

Great looking set-up, Just leave yourself a note in the open so you can find it hidden under the bench. Just in case you need it after a few or more brews. LOL. Great job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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pottz

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#6 posted 03-03-2021 03:43 AM



Impressive, love your approach very practical and well built. Sure it may seem like a small item and overkill to others but the reality is you use this tool enough and have a need to have conveniently located.

While I do not have the laser and all that to make one as cultured looking as this one, I am motivated to make one for my caliper as well. Have to consult my stash and find the home, then get to the build.

- woodbutcherbynight


gunny i think it’s time for a lazer bud.think of all the stuff you could make for organizing the shop.

-- 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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Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 03-03-2021 03:57 AM

Pottz +1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Ivan

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#8 posted 03-03-2021 06:24 AM

It is always good to have it on hand

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 03-03-2021 06:49 AM



... While I do not have the laser…
- woodbutcherbynight

You don’t need a laser wbbn... all you need is a tablesaw, a router table or dado set (if you don’t want multi saw kerf passes) and maybe a scroll saw. The laser is an overkill but the design is very basic and could easily by done even without my SketchUp diagrams…
As I said to Dutchy, I don’t think it’s nice but it is practical. In the past, even in the drawer (inside its box) it always managed to work its way to either the back or under any tool sharing the space.

... will you ever make an urn soon?...
- Desert Woodworker

I already urn enough to buy my vino… being cheap vino and me retired, there’s not much incentive for urning.

... can you agree that sometimes it takes an “urge” to get us going?
- Desert Woodworker

I’m all urged out… Back in the late ‘70s, I ventured into turning using a B&D drill (wasn’t even cordless) and their “lathe accessory”... I churned out a bucketload of these items,

for all the ladies in my then “in-law family” and all their countless female hangers on… I no longer get the urge...

Great looking set-up, Just leave yourself a note in the open so you can find it hidden under the bench. Just in case you need it after a few or more brews. LOL. Great job. Mel
- mel52

Thanks for the suggestion ’52... have taken your advice,

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

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robscastle

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#10 posted 03-03-2021 07:31 AM

Well I get the impression that this project measures up to all the project criteria precisely

and BTW what are the B&D items?

And dont start me on free knobs, I have a few buckets of them I should get them out and see if they are of interest to you

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#11 posted 03-03-2021 08:31 AM

Neat storage box Alex.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 03-03-2021 12:30 PM



and BTW what are the B&D items?
- robscastle

This is what I found on the net Googling ”black and decker lathe attachment”, however, it’s the same as I had, ‘cept I had the orange B&D drill,

That is some engineering feat sir, all those fancy jigs to make this beautiful piece of woodworking art.

- crowie

C mon crowie doesn t that inspire you to buy a lathe… would be a better excuse for going batty than C19...

Your new logo would look good on the r-send of a bowl.

- LittleBlackDuck

Thanks Eric and Ivan.

Hi Alex. I ll bet Crowie would make some great projects on a lathe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Sorry gents, I haven’t the space even for a small lathe.

- crowie

crowie, this has just kaboshed you lame excuse…

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

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987Ron

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#13 posted 03-03-2021 02:32 PM

Inspirational! Inspired me to reroute the 220 to the table saw. I always unplug when changing blades and such. The plug was behind the saw. So to unplug 30 steps, change blade, 30 steps to plug back in. Moved the plug to the front of the saw. No steps. 60 steps X 22 inch gait divided by 24 inch = 55 Foot walk.
Heped save this old guys hip. Thanks.

-- Ron

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splintergroup

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#14 posted 03-03-2021 03:35 PM

You know you could adapt a bandoleer like these to hold enough of those calipers for a few hours work and never loose them…

Even can add accessory attachments in case you end up on the far end of the workshop and need to wet you whistle

Now that lathe is very retro-cool, you could be turning out some Pottz!

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pottz

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#15 posted 03-03-2021 06:04 PM



You know you could adapt a bandoleer like these to hold enough of those calipers for a few hours work and never loose them…

Even can add accessory attachments in case you end up on the far end of the workshop and need to wet you whistle

Now that lathe is very retro-cool, you could be turning out some Pottz!

- splintergroup


the duck doesn’t buy wine in bottles he’s more of keg guy,takes too long to keep poppin corks.

-- 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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