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Blog entry by Boatman53 posted 02-17-2013 05:23 PM 1983 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inspired by that little tool box I posted on the hand tools forum I’ve decided to build a small box of my own. The biggest tool I wanted to fit is my 12” x 18” framing square. The widest tool at the moment (there might be some changes) is the handle of an 8” brace at 3”. So the interior dimensions are 12 1/4” x18 1/4” x 3 1/2” . I have some teak left over from a job about three years ago that is already 1/2” thick so that is the wood I’m using. Not wanting to waste any teak I built a mock-up box and door from pine. Nothing really worthy of photos, buiscut joined door panels, glued butt joints with nails for the box corners, a plywood back.
Here is where I am at the moment. This is the first layout of the inside of the door. The french fitted panel also supports the square. Everything else is just placed for ideas. Layout tools are usually the first tool I reach for and they are light and flat so they go on the door. After French fitting the combination square in that separate piece of wood, I had a thought that if the interior door panel was thicker those tools could be fitted right into the door. I think I need to make another door.

The body of the box is a bit more problematic because there are far more options. This is the first layout with possibilities. There were two others before it. I have two more chisels coming so they are not shown. All the chisels will have matching handles so don’t worry about them at the moment. This is just the back level in the chisel area. The chisels may actually move to the front panel that can be removed and all brought closer to the work. Here is the first rendition. Just a fair warning this is not going to be a quick project so hang in there.


Please join in with comments, suggestions, warnings.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise



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#1 posted 02-17-2013 10:05 PM

I think I need to make another door

That’s funny Jim, but French fitting the tools would probably be the best solution, not to mention the coolest solution. Looking good so far though.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#2 posted 02-17-2013 10:15 PM

French fitting is the coolest, I agree, but the most difficult. It much more difficult to change.

I assume the pictures are sideways? This is why boxes and chest were so much more prevalent. They were easier to make and use. Once you stand everything up you need to hold it in place.

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#3 posted 02-17-2013 10:21 PM

A tool kit is a very personal thing Jim. I mean the choice of tools, their sizes, etc. My only suggestions are that you first find a way to try out different arrangements before you build. It seems you are already working on that one. You might also consider outlining your actual tools and clip out each image so you can play around with different options with toolbox size sheets of paper for each layer. At the same time you could determine a maximum size and play with that too. You might also load all the tools you want to include into a box just to see if you are satisfied with the total weight. You could also build a mockup from cardboard joined with hot glue and tape for hinges. Another idea is that you could have travel luggage type wheels on it with an extendable handle to ease transporting it around. These are just ideas, not necessarily good ones, but it’s all I could think of. I’m looking forward to seeing how you do this. Good luck with your project!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-17-2013 11:44 PM

Any thought to using magnets?

Also I think you should have at least one mystery tool that makes people scratch their heads when they look at your tool box. Something that looks like a cross between a chisel and a plumb bob.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 02-17-2013 11:49 PM

Good call Mauricio. How about it Jim? Got any room for thing-a-me-bob. And how about a secret compartment? How cool are they? I’ve heard it said that artisans of old used to hide their burying money somewhere in their toolboxes just in case they popped their clogs when they were at work.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 02-17-2013 11:56 PM

I would like to add a secret compartment to all my projects. One day I’m going to start doing that. Secret compartments are the mutt’s nuts! (How you like that Andy? I learned that on a British woodworking forum).

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 02-18-2013 12:01 AM

I like it Mauricio. It is basically a nicer way of saying the real expression which is the ‘dog’s bollocks’. We also use the ‘bee’s knees’ to mean the same thing. Personally I like to mix them up and say the ‘bee’s bollocks’ and the ‘dog’s knees’.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#8 posted 02-18-2013 02:57 AM

Thanks guys, I like the idea of a secret compartment but if I share it here it won’t be secret anymore. I also like the idea of a mystery tool, I’m open to ideas on that one.
Thanks for the suggestion of the paper cut outs of the tools, but the real puzzle is the fact that it is three dimensional.
At the moment I really don’t want to hold tools directly with magnets. I had considered a keeper bar that might secure several tools, like on the door, the bar being held by magnets.
The door at the moment is made from 1/2” stock, the French fitted panel is 3/4” combined that takes up 1 1/4” of the 3 1/4” of the interior space. If I make the door from 3/4” stock and inset the tools in the door I can gain a whole 1/2” of interior space. I know I’m crazy.
I have to be able to easily carry it. No wheels. They wouldn’t bounce down the dock very well. I like the size and shape because it is easy to carry up a ladder if the boat is still on the hard.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#9 posted 05-29-2013 12:36 PM

Where are the bits for that brace going?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 05-29-2013 02:03 PM

Nice tool box and very well done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 05-29-2013 11:07 PM

RG…I almost never use the brace for drilling holes. Removing and inserting screws mostly, very good control. I can’t remember where I left off but the brace now fitted is a little 6” throw. When I need to drill a hole those bit will be in a separate bag.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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