My 27 year old Cherry Nail Box

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Project by woodshaver Tony C posted 09-07-2012 12:53 AM 4000 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once upon a time I had a business doing home repairs. This was a nail box I used to keep an assortment of nails and screws and a few other little things I needed to do small job’s. It’s made of Cherry, Even the handmade handle is cherry. I made it so if it tipped over nothing inside would move out of its place.
The latch idea came later because I picked the box up by the handle and forgot to lock it and you guessed it! Everything dumped out! It’s 27 years old and still kicking!

Thanks for looking in.

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

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 01:07 AM

Just today I found a toy box I had made for my boys, that was 30++ YEARS AGO. THANKS FOR THE REMINDER.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 01:49 AM

Cool and functional—obviously your design has stood the test of time. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 01:56 AM

Very neat project! Did you use dovetails joints for the box?


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#4 posted 09-07-2012 02:04 AM

Thanks AJ,
Yes I did use dovetailes joints on it. The joints have held up well. Sorry the picture is not very good but if you use the Zoom button you can see them on the end of the box.

I hope you post that toy box you mentioned. I would love to see it.

This box has seen some abuse over the years. Without those dovetailes she would of never madei it this far!

Thanks guys!

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

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 02:43 AM

I would love to see more old soldier projects on this site. Thanks for sharing this one, anything that stands up to abuse like that is fine in my book.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 09-07-2012 09:58 AM

Old, functional, and durable, just like us.

-- Grant, Minnesota

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#7 posted 09-07-2012 11:11 AM

Welcome to Llumberjocks Greenie & RGtools!

You sure are right “Old and functional”. But we also have some young functional woodworker on this site. AJswoodshop is just a youngster and he’s a supper woodworker! I’m sure there are more just like him here on Lumberjocks. It’s great to have you all on this site! Can’t wait to see your work posted here.
Thanks for the great comments!

I was thinking that same thing when I posted this Nail Box. It would be nice to see more “soldier’s” like this.


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

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#8 posted 09-07-2012 11:13 AM

Nice box, especially the spill proof compartments. Neat idea, thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 09-07-2012 01:39 PM

That old salty dog would find a place in most any craftsman’s shop.
I have a couple old tools like that, which will stay in my shop until the end of the road.
Thanks for showing yours.

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#10 posted 09-07-2012 01:50 PM

nice box

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#11 posted 09-07-2012 01:51 PM

I’m pleased to see that I’m not the only one who enjoys seeing these old toolboxes… Love it!


-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#12 posted 09-07-2012 02:26 PM

WS, isn’t it nice to look back at these old soldiers and see what we did and how it has stood up to the intended task? Time is the real test of craftsmanship more than appearance. I really like purpose-driven boxes, and this one also has a wabi-sabi element about it that only time can bestow. The deep spline to join the top, the sturdy divisions, the dovetails, the piano hinge, the nice proportions, the rounded corners, the afterthought spring, and slight lip all add to the look. I imagine on some level your thought at one time was that a box like this would give your a certain amount of credibility with customers and fellow craftsmen. My favorite element, and probably yours too judging by the photo selection, is the handle. It is sturdy, graceful, and looks ergonomically sound. It adds an element of unexpected elegance to the box. Nice posting to share. This box reflects a younger man’s pride and an older man’s joy…as do most things that last and age well.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 09-07-2012 04:44 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. I hope to see more of what you have that is “Old” in your shop to share with us.

Boxguy. You have added a new way of looking at all the projects on this site. Your very detailed description of my old beat up nail box was great to read. You have given me a new step to stand on in which to view the world of woodworking. Wabi-Sabi is a term I have never knew until now. Thank you for your outstanding comment!

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

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#14 posted 09-07-2012 08:59 PM

Very good build 27 years ago, and it still looks gr8 Tony

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 09-08-2012 03:10 PM

These guys took the words right out of my mouth. Very satisfying work.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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