Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #10: Analysis paralysis

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 08-09-2017 01:44 AM 633 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since the box and trays are done except for final sanding and finishing, it’s time to focus on adding dividers to the trays.

I spent a lot of time trying to arrange tools to fit efficiently in the trays. After much knee-bent running about, I decided to use solid wood for the dividers. I resawed them from 2×4s then planed them, um, “toolbox-smooth”. I didn’t want the various dividers to just get glued to the tray bottom and other butt up against its neighbors, so I cut matching notches so the pieces would be self-supporting.

The dividers. Note the fancy-pants scalloped dividers. This is because they are butting up against the side where the handles are and were interfering.


And sitting in the box,... the same serving suggestion, but a little more real. Now you can see why I scalloped the dividers. I’ll probably glue the dividers in tomorrow. Note the heavy blocks in the upper left. Those are 2×4 pieces cut full height (1.5”) so the business ends of the chisels are never exposed. I still need to shape the blocks and otherwise remove those corners.

I could probably finish the box in a few hours if I could do it all at once. Unfortunately I am a busy boy and can only get in bits of time here and there.

-- Tony

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