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A Custom sized machinist toolbox to house lathe tools including larger quick change tool holders, threading toolings, centers, chucks, and other gauges and machining tools.

I was not able to find any toolbox that would fit some of my tools so decided to make my own, while at it, why not use nicer woods than the more common Oak - so I used Mahogany for the majority of the box with Birdseye Maple for the drawer fronts, and Poplar for the drawers boxes. The pulls are made of Walnut to give it another brown tone contrasting the drawer fronts. Overall size is 18" wide x 10" deep x 14" tall (roughly - was not using a ruler on this project)

This type box is quite challenging as it presents joinery in different orientations to allow the opening on the front for the drawers as well as on top for the top compartment - it most definitely was a good learning experience, and a long project to bring to completion. While not doing woodworking for living, I was able to complete this box from the start to finish in about 3 weeks while working on it almost daily (2-6 hours a day depending on how much time I had to spare).

If you are interested, I blogged the progress here:
Mahogany Machinist Toolbox Blog

Thanks for watching.

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Absolutely wonderful.

It is so nice and kept to your drawing.

Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

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Absolutely wonderful.

It is so nice and kept to your drawing.

Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

Jamie
 

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Sweet. Just Sweet.
Congrats on a very nice build.
I want one.

Steve
 

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Very nice work Purplev and very handy too.
 

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That is awesome.

I just got a free metal machinist chest today and yours is much nicer…want to trade:)

Honestly, great work man. The craftsmanship is shining through on this chest. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Now that came out flat out awesome! I been keeping up with your blog on how you did and got to say I would love to have this jewel sitting in my shop. Oh yea… The handles where a killer extra touch.

Well done!
 

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I don't recall seeing: is it African Mahogany ?

Brilliant example of design + execution.

I wonder whether-as I envisioned I might-you learned a lot, in advance, by designing this IN SketchUp.

That's not a strut, right ? Just a chisel, holding the top open ? Are you thinking about any additional hardware, for the top ?

I very much appreciate those LumberJocks who take the time to blog their process and their progress. Great opportunity for others (me !) to learn.

Just a beautiful box. From start to-literally-finish !
 

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The finished product is just as good as the journey you included us on, Sharon. Great work.
 

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Congratulations. You have certainly created something wonderful. That is both functional and beautiful.
 

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Great job, Sharon. This looks like another one of those too-nice-for-the-shop shop projects. I especially like the fancy lid support…. pretty cool the way you disguised it as a chisel. :)
 

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Beautiful work! I enjoyed your blog and l really enjoy seeing others go through the design/build process…..teaches old dogs new tricks!
 

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Sharon: A great build Nice job and a beautiful piece. You filled the holes in great. Looks like you almost ment to do that.

The locks for the front door, are they self made of a purchased product?
 

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thank´s for the reveal of the finished toolbox :)
it has been a pleasure to follow the blog and see how you did it
well done

take care
Dennis
 

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Awesome Job Sharon!!
 

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Really nice.
Finally done, and what a nice toolbox, it was worth waiting for.
Were happy to follow your blog, perhaps one day I will take the travel my self…
Best thoughts,
happy newyear,
Mads
 

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Very nice! Sure looks much better than the Sears machinist rool box I have. You did a great job.
 

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Very cool. I love boxes, and it's always inspiring to see other peoples work.
 

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Great work… I know it sounds so trite, but it is true!
I love the box and the tutorial!
Ellen
 

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I'd be afraid to put this in the shop. It is too nice to chance messing it up. You nailed this BIG TIME!!
 
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