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10 years ago my current shop opened for business. My big shop door opens onto an alley that parents and children use for various errands and what-not. Back then I started an endevour that has I believe come to a close. I felt that every child should have a tool box. Able to carry around tools, lego's, art and what-have-you. Always given, never sold. Each child in my neighborhood has one including 2 that weren't born at the time of their construction. It of course expanded beyond the few blocks that surround my shop. The children now have grown and new ones are not too frequent visitors anymore. What you see is #'s 99 & 100. A grand number to wrap up on. Hard maple, milled to 1/2". Personalized with a routed in name and presented each time with a smile. My fondest memory is of the grand parent who asked for one as a christening gift. Who coming back 3 weeks later presented me with a picture of their new grand daughter swadled up and laying in the tray of her toolbox with her name proudly displayed. This folks is why we do what we do.

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Wonderful work that will be remembered, we need more people who will reach out to our youth and lend a helping hand.
 

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thats very cool,ill bet those kids still have em too.thats something to be proud of joe.
 

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That's a wonderful mission and undertaking. They'll have those longer than you'll ever remember them. I still have a old one my dad made me almost 30 years ago out of scrap plywood and I keep it in my truck.
 

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Great endeavor. Wonderful thing to do, Really something.
 

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What a nice thing to do, things like this never go unrewarded. So beautifully done.
 

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Excellent work and an even better story. Although I sell some wood work, my favorite projects by far are the ones I do just to give someone. I always love the look on their face when they receive them. I agree, "that's why we do what we do".
 

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Very well done Joe, nicely constructed and the child's name is a wonderful touch. The story is also wonderful, the joys of bringing a smile to a child's face. A lifetime of memories that you have supplied. You are a Saint, my friend. Wish there were many more folks like that in the world.
 

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Well, Joe, I guess that's why they call you "Super"!

I would be mighty proud of myself if I had done what you have done there!

-Paul
 

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Outstanding SuperJoe both in intent and number of souls touched. Well done.
 

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SuperJoe, you did good!
 

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Looks great to me! The box looks nice, wood choices are wonderful. Small boxes are difficult to hinge, but it appears you managed well. The finish is great. heardle Well done.
 
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