First Aid Box

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Project by BarryW posted 05-05-2008 07:09 AM 2758 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Someone here asked if everyone had a handy first aid box for their shop (may you never need one). Well, it gave me an idea…and I needed one. This box, my first with all parts cut on the bandsaw, is made from 1/2 inch oak plywood giving me experience with my dado blades and exact measurements. The box is an exact 7 inch cube. The lid is cut about two inches down from the top of the box. It’s large enough for a first aid commerical wound wash bottle, bandaids, and other items for a first aid box. I’ve yet to install the hinges and the clasp… that’ll come tomorrow…but essentially it’s done. I’ll place it in the shop in a very conspicuous place so that others can see it as well…should there ever be others in my shop. Oh, this was good experience making a simple box/cube with plywood and using my dado blades for the first time on my tablesaw. I’ve used dado blades lots of times before when I had my other shop 20 years ago. So, I have a first aid kit…and let’s hope I never need it.. nor you yours. Safety first, last and always.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 11:20 AM


This is a very useful project. As I said in an earlier post, boxes can be deceptive in their construction process. They look simple enough but when you get into the actual build then their complexities are revealed. You did a good job with this one and you ended up with a project that will be a functional addition to your shop.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 12:22 PM

great job Barry, boxes in my opinion can be hard. i’ve always found it difficult to get it perfectly square. you did a great job on this one too. its nice because every time you see it it will give you a sort of peace of mind that its there, although we all hope that you will never need it. thanks for the post.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 01:08 PM

Very clever, & nice.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 02:08 PM

Nice worthwhile project to “practice” on.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 04:46 PM

Great box, Barry.

The bad news: The Red Cross just called, and they are suing you for using their logo. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 06:40 PM

yah, that would be my luck…

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 07:10 PM

You’ll sure be able to spot that from anywhere in the shop!

Nice job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 08-31-2008 02:35 PM

Needs a spring loaded hinge, just in case both hands are holding each other (i.e. deep cut on finger). good luck.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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