Range Box for my Step Dad.

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Project by Matthew Allard posted 01-15-2012 11:24 AM 12061 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I built this to be used as a range box for my Step Dad last Christmas. It’s from a recent Shop notes Issue. He was carrying all of his ammo and other supplies to the range in a plastic grocery bag :( It’s made of curly maple. What I like about it is that the drawers are secured in the bottom with a tongue and groove. Also This project was hardware free, so I splurged on the wood.

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 11:59 AM

Good idea. Much better than my very old and rusty ammo boxes. I’ll add that to my to-do list.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 01:11 PM

Wow, that’s a great looking range box. The maple sure would have made a beautiful gunstock!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 02:29 PM

Almost too pretty to get dinged and oily, very nice. Design-wise, I see a descendant from the common 5-board saw/tool-box, but far more gorgeous, I wager the curvy handle has a good feel.

Can you show an open drawer, what you mean by ‘secured in the bottom’? Do you have any way to show scale? What is the darker accent where the handle hits the end-piece? I see the darker pegs, but what is significance of the change at the handle-side?

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 03:33 PM

Great looking Range Box Matthew. I especially like your choice of wood and the cut of the handle. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 04:36 PM

Really nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 06:17 PM

Nice work, I made one for tools and the gun range similar to your’s as well. Blondie took it for her sewing kit though, lol… I’m sure he loved it and will last him forever. THE WOOD IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 06:29 PM

Great box. He’ll be the envy of the range with that sweet tote!! Nice joinery too!

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

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 07:17 PM

Cool looking tote. Nice grain patterns and good construction.

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#10 posted 01-15-2012 08:22 PM

super looking box. good job.


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#11 posted 01-15-2012 10:14 PM

nice,would also like to see drawer

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#12 posted 01-15-2012 10:45 PM

Love it – just gorgeous!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#13 posted 01-16-2012 09:52 AM

I also am interested in your description of the draws and how they are secured. Also how is the bottom secured to the sides?
I watched one of the “handyman” shows on tv with Mike Holmes as a judge and one of the projects was for a room full of guys who had to build this tool box from plans. It was interesting to see how many guys thought they were handymen but couldn’t follow the plans to to build this style tool box.
One interesting excuse was “I’m a handy man not a carpenter”
Nice job on yours.
I find that the simpler things we build catch the most attention. It’s the harder things that people will admire and then move on. It’s the simpler things that people will relate to for a longer period of time. It’s almost like they start to think” maybe I can build this” or even better” maybe my husband can build this” or the best is, ” I wish my husband could build one like this” The last one usually comes vocalized, and with some humor too.

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#14 posted 01-16-2012 06:16 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I gave this to my step dad on Christmas, if I remember ill snap a few pictures of the drawer. The plans called for HB dovetails, I used a rabbit joint. I simply ran out of time to do half blinds. I literally wiped on the last coat of finish on Christmas morning. The bottom is a rabbit that runs in a groove down the sides. I really enjoyed building this for him.

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#15 posted 01-16-2012 09:02 PM

Nicely done!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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