Combo Square Case

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Project by Chris Wright posted 10-23-2012 04:07 PM 2576 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I built another case to replace the ugly plastic one that a tool came in. This one for my Combo Square set that I’ve had for a few years. The original blow molded thing was always ugly and cumbersome. The one I built is smaller and pretty (if I do say so myself). It’s made from maple and walnut. I made the box a quarter inch to short for the ruler to fit so I had to cut some recesses on the sides so it would fit, two turn keys hold it in place on the lid and the other parts are held in place when the lid is shut. Finished with tung oil, all that is left to do is the closing mechanism, I’m thinking a few rare earth magnets.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 04:49 PM

Now that says class!!! Great job…. Shows a craftsman own those tools.

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

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 05:08 PM

Excellent! Any project that eliminated plastic from the shop is a worthy one.

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

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 06:08 PM

Great job! Your tool box is impressive. Where was the ruler when you needed it? LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 07:41 PM

Outstanding! You’ve given me the inspiration to do the same to my comb square it is still in the original cardboard box.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 10-23-2012 08:05 PM

your tools deffently get very good appartments one by one to stay in :-)
thanks for inspiring us


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#6 posted 10-23-2012 09:14 PM

This is a beautiful illustration of the “journey” of woodworking. If we were in this to earn a living, we wouldn’t have the luxury of spending a whole weekend on a box for our combo square. Your work encourages me not to feel guilty that my shop furniture is more finely made than the furniture in my home.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#7 posted 10-23-2012 11:06 PM

Beautifully Done….. Love the new home for some great lookin tools…...

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

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#8 posted 10-24-2012 12:42 AM

at first i said, he cut the box too short. But then I liked the way you recovered, almost like it was meant to be. the ruler is held in place without additional side support, brilliant!

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#9 posted 10-24-2012 11:37 AM

Now that is a nice upgrade for those tools.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#10 posted 10-24-2012 01:05 PM

That is a very nice box. I think I would go nuts, having to open a box and put together my square every day. I have three of them, not including the plastic drafting squares.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 11-09-2012 01:48 PM

I agree with Paul, but also Jack. I have many things in my shop built and finished and more organized than home and office, but I too need to keep a square assembled. Mine is a $9 special however. If/when I get a grown up Tri-square I’ll have to take better care of it.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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