NCIS Tool Holder.

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Project by Ken90712 posted 03-31-2013 03:40 PM 5305 views 27 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first saw this on the show NCIS down in Gibbs’s basement. He was doing some woodworking on his Boat and had it on the table. Then it appeared in the woodworking magazine Shopnotes. This was a filler project in between the 11 panel glue of veneer for Blondie’s Bridal chest. With 11 panels requiring both sides to be clamped 4 hours under pressure it’s taking a bit of time.

I made this out of ½ scrap piece of plywood I had laying around and left over Alder. The middle storage area was cut 22.5 degrees. The circle was cut with a router and a quick jig at aprox 19 inches Dia. I drilled holes in two of the stand-offs and cut dadoes in the other two. The hardest part is figuring out what tools you want to put in them for you to make the holes and dadoes sizes.

I didn’t have another piece of ply wood to cut a 2nd circle to make the rail that goes around it. So I used a cpl brass screws, not that it needed it.

I had some brown stain that was a cpl yrs old and figured it might be going bad so why not use it. I think it looked better natural color but what the heck. I sprayed it with a heavy coat of Shellac to keep the sawdust from sticking to it some. I bought a 12 inch lazy susan from Austin’s Hardwoods for about 10 bucks.

Its a fun quick east project to fill in the dead time between glue ups.

All comments welcome.

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

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#1 posted 03-31-2013 03:58 PM

Nice job! And functional. I wish I had the room for something like that.
Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 04:00 PM

That looks good but!..........

How did Gibbs get the boat out of the basement? LOL

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 04:26 PM

THX Plantek,

Dallas I ask my self that very thing…LOL

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 03-31-2013 05:22 PM



Nice change of pace!

Thank you!

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#5 posted 03-31-2013 05:34 PM

Looks very handy and well made too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-31-2013 05:43 PM

Ken it might be a fill in but it is a great project
It has a Star Trek look to it, just amazing
Looks good in both stained and natural, I think that the natural
just photographs better though.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 03-31-2013 06:03 PM

Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 03-31-2013 06:17 PM

Wonder what rule Gibbs uses for this one?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#9 posted 03-31-2013 06:53 PM

I like that, that’s pretty neat.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#10 posted 03-31-2013 07:56 PM

Jethro would be proud…

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#11 posted 03-31-2013 08:03 PM

nice little project -

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 03-31-2013 10:15 PM

Cool project. Sure to be very useful.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 04-01-2013 12:52 AM

I saw these plans and love that show, one of the few TV shows I take the time to follow or even watch. You did a real nice job on this, really like the finish.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 04-01-2013 01:02 AM

We shall call it the “lazy lumberjock”! Cool project, everything where you need it.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#15 posted 04-01-2013 02:14 AM

Great job on a awesome project Ken, but, lol, i believe Jethro might keep an old dirty jar to pour Agent Tobias Fornell a stiff drink in place of your baby powder. Just an assumption.

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