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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-12-2021 08:35 PM 811 views 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a couple boxes to store these tools that I take to Arizona in the winter. They were in cardboard boxes that were falling apart and would not make another trip. One is for the 3 jaw chuck I bought to go on our wood lathe when turning or drilling metal or wood parts that are small and need to be held in 3 jaws. If I use the 4 jaw wood lathe chuck, they don’t close down to zero and the holding area is sunken in the back of the jaws which makes it dangerous to be turning a small piece with the outer jaws flying around. The chuck has 1”- 8 backer plate on it. I had to make the backer plate because the chuck is $30 new and the backer plate is $65 and I’m cheap!!

The larger one is for my trim router and the wide sign making base. It has a place for the original round base and the chuck wrench and a few of my duplicate router bits that I take along.

They are both made from 3/8” Baltic Birch plywood and all edges are lock mitered. this inserts are made from box elder because it is light weight.. It was hard to get the boxes apart for gluing when I dry fitted all 6 pieces together. I think that lock miter is one of the strongest joints for a box like this. Once it is all glued together, I used Monique, my biggest French curve, to draw the cut lines for the curved opening shape.

They are finished with shellac and semi gloss lacquer.

Cheers, Jim

I added some shots of the boxes in process:
All edges are lock mitered.


The handles are mesquite and maple and spent a little time on the lathe to turn the 3/4” round area. They have 1/4-20 machine screw inserts to attach them.

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





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#1 posted 06-12-2021 08:44 PM

Very, very good… I like those handels, they realy pop up

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-12-2021 09:31 PM

Nice build and by the looks of it they will be very handy storage for the required tools. Those handles look great.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 06-12-2021 09:51 PM

Fantastic work!!

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

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#4 posted 06-12-2021 09:59 PM

Jim, You’ve put a lot of thought into making these boxes very suitable for there purpose, so you’ve ended up with a job well done that’ll last for years to come!

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

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#5 posted 06-12-2021 10:02 PM

nice boxes jim i think those would be duck approved ;-)

-- 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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#6 posted 06-12-2021 10:07 PM

As always Jim, very stunning work!

-- jstegall

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#7 posted 06-12-2021 10:09 PM



nice boxes jim i think those would be duck approved ;-)

- pottz

There has been significant floods around were LBD lives.

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

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#8 posted 06-12-2021 10:17 PM

oh là là Monique! Ma charmante fille!

Boxes fit for some appropriate storage challenges. I’m sure they would get a quack of approval and a tip o’ the tail from LBD (and a slobbery drool from me 8^)

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#9 posted 06-12-2021 10:33 PM

Nice Jim, some serious forethought on the handles. I can’t see them pulling off

-- 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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#10 posted 06-12-2021 10:42 PM

Nice! I really like the one for the router with bit storage.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 06-12-2021 11:24 PM


nice boxes jim i think those would be duck approved ;-)

- pottz

There has been significant floods around were LBD lives.

- crowie


i just talked with him,he didn’t mention that.but he’s got enough problems of his own too fix.

-- 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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#12 posted 06-12-2021 11:44 PM

Awesome work on those storage boxes Jim..plywood never had it so good…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#13 posted 06-13-2021 12:10 AM

All nice and neat! Love the stuff you make!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#14 posted 06-13-2021 02:50 AM

Great boxes. Maybe make one out of the female pistachio wood!! Ha. Friend of mine went down to Casa Grande and got some of the pistachio wood you alerted us to. Nery nice job on the boxes.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#15 posted 06-13-2021 04:05 AM

Killer pieces Jim.
Cheers

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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