So I had these tools laying around...

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Project by DanoP posted 07-24-2012 04:13 AM 2647 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a couple of tools I have made and use a lot (and am actually kinda proud of) and decided to make a box for them. I started out with just a simple box and then it went down hill from there. I didn’t like them rattling around and i didn’t like having to squeeze my fingers into the bottom to get my marking knife. I decided to make raised platforms for the knives and for the shaft of the awl but what to do with all of that wasted space. Answer – little compartments using felt for the hinges and magnets to hold the metal bits.

At this point, the box became a true prototype.. and I grabbed some scraps for the platforms

End result is the idea is sound but… well… let’s say that I learned a lot.

1) African Mahogany looks a lot better with finish on it than it does dry. I had no idea the wood looked this good.
2) The magnets work great
3) Measure 8 – 10 times before cutting for your splines
4) The fabric hinge idea is OK but not with the self adhesive felt. Leather or suede would be perfect
5) Don’t change horses in the middle of the stream. I had a nice box going and then came the famous last words… “hey, I have an idea”
6) Don’t prototype on a nice box… prototype on scraps.
7) Using self adhesive felt will allow you to develop an entire new vocabulary of expletives

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this box but armed with the above, I am going to make another one using suede. I love the idea but… well… yeah… the execution was flawed.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 04:47 AM

NIce home for these wonderful and precious tools .

-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 01:14 PM

The box looks beautiful, I’m practicing on my miter joints right now, which tool do you cut your miters on?

As for the flaws you refer to, they don’t come across in the photos. One day soon I hope to be making boxes as beautiful.

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 05:03 PM

:tongue-in-cheek ON
Well, Dano, to paraphrase my tag line, it makes a wonderful bad example. All of those flaws you point are just so obvious to the most casual of observers. Personally, I’d be embarrassed to have posted such an abomination. But hey, to each his own.
:tongue-in-cheek OFF

That’s why they’re called lessons learned, not lessons known. I think it looks quit nice. Maybe it’s the camera angle. And I guess I need to look into using adhesive felt in my next box project; my inventory of expletives is getting quite dated. :)


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 06:40 PM

Beautiful Box, changing midstream is where we get our unique designs. Mistakes become opportunities.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 07:54 PM

In regards to #7, what did you come up with? I’d like to compare and contrast the new additions to our vocabulary. :p Great looking box, nice joints!

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 11:18 PM

Thanks for the nice words. All the miters were cut on my new Rigid R4512 table saw, stock fence and Osborne miter gauge, Woodworker II blade with the angle set with a cheep harbor freight digital angle finder.

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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#7 posted 07-25-2012 02:41 AM

Looks pretty dang good to me.

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 11-24-2012 01:58 AM

That’s a real smart looking box, way to take care of your tools!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#9 posted 11-24-2012 02:04 AM

I like it, nice work.

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