Carpenter Tool Box

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Project by joroco posted 10-30-2011 11:05 PM 4170 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today on an Internet auction website I noticed a carpenter’s tool box from the 1930s and 1940s, the memory of which from the 1950s was the inspiration for a creation I made of scrap dimensional pine and red mahogany from an old table and chairs I had salvaged.

Yes, this is a beginner type project, but underlying the silliness of it, I wanted to preserve my memory of tradesmen and their tools from my own childhood experience. I had no idea when I conceived of this I would see the nexus for it available for sale.

I promise to post some better examples of woodworking in the future.

Just wanted to get this one Down on paper.

-- Joroco

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 12:50 AM

Not silly at all. It’s a ‘classic’ because it is ultimately functional, as you’ve found! Nice work and welcome to LJs.


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#2 posted 11-01-2011 03:01 AM

Some curious details, but I remember these somehow. A fine re-creation, now it just needs to get beat up and used.

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#3 posted 11-01-2011 03:06 PM

Thanks for the comments on my initial blog post re: the carpenter tool box. That whole project was a free association “after thought” with a thread running through it of a childhood memory. The application of the mahogany to the sides and ends was pure add on to make a “cub scout” looking project take on something a bit more polished. In the end, had I thought of the shapes – which came as pieces pulled from the table and chairs I demo’d from an outdoor set we had, I would have made inlays in the pine equal to the shapes I merely cut off of the table and chair wood pile.

I needed a post to get me started so I figured this one would do. This is a fine venue for me and I thank all for kind comments and for those who thought other than kind but held off sending a comment, thank you, too.

More to follow.


-- Joroco

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 08:41 AM

on the handyman show with mike homes the handymen had to make one of these yours is much better the quality is good and no project if heart felt is silly or low class nice job

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#5 posted 09-23-2016 08:46 PM

Nothing wrong with simple. Nice piece. If used as a tool box, those little mahogony pieces on the sides become funtional after driling few holes to hold litltle screwdrivers and other little things that get lost in the bottom otherwise.

-- Ted

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#6 posted 03-06-2019 03:36 AM

Joroco – First of all, nice tool box. Second, never apologize for your projects. From your story, you built this to help capture a memory and used techniques that help you achieve that goal. That’s a win. Simple is sometimes the better solution. Hope to see more of your work soon

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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