Ridgid toolboxes... and fixing the sadness #16: I Suck at Painting

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Blog entry by Tony Ennis posted 09-03-2017 08:40 PM 1692 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve had a little uninteresting time in the shop. I made a 50/50 mixture of glue and water, and sealed the inside and outside of all trays and the box. Then I sanded exhaustively.

That is, I sanded until I was exhausted.

And here’s where we take a detour. 45-ish years ago, I became fascinated with these little wooden boxes my dad made to hold nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc. He made 8 or 10 maybe. They are nothing special – just some pine nailed together, with a Masonite bottom, also nailed on. He made them for a purpose and they lasted the rest of his life. He painted them green, probably because that’s what he had.

You can see that various metal bits were in these trays for so long they’ve decorated the bottoms.

While I am sure these boxes weren’t this particular green 45 years ago, it’s what I’ve got now. Dad’s been on my mind lately so I took that box to the home center and had it color matched.

I’ll paint my toolboxes and trays like his. Except I’ll use a semi-gloss oil paint to hopefully provide some durability. Because heavens this has been a lot of work and let’s not screw it up now!

I’m not a painter. I don’t know how to paint the right way. But complete ignorance hasn’t ever stopped me before. I painted as much of the trays as I could. I had to hold on to something, lol.

Tomorrow I’ll get back to it, weather permitting.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 09-04-2017 11:06 PM

They look pretty darn good to me and you provided a good reason for the parts not yet finished.
Keep up the good work, you’re doing fine.

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