An Attempt to Replicate a Simple Tool Box

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Blog entry by GLowz posted 12-13-2017 03:46 AM 591 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What I thought would be a simple little project has now turned out to be anything but simple. My thoughts were to reproduce an old tool box of mine and give it to my son as a gift.
He always loved that old box, as did I, but since it has been in my possession he has only been able to view it from afar.
At first glance I saw that it was thin with mitered corners, old hinges and a simple hook and eye latch.

As I began to reconstruct the box I noticed that this wasn’t just handmade dovetails but they were dovetails with mitered corners as well as a rabbited edge for the top and bottom.

So I began to jump into a project that I had no idea just how involved it would be to reproduce an old junk box. After many attempts and a countless number of scrap wood and sacrificial oak pieces, I arrived with a corner that I had finally figured out to the point that I felt was acceptable.

Assembled after lots of tweaking:

After all these struggles I noticed the lid and bottom of the case. Please don’t tell me that these are actually glued together pins? Someone please explain the whys and the hows so that I may continue this project.

-- Gary, Ladysmith, VA

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#1 posted 12-13-2017 04:08 AM

Please don’t tell me that my old tool box is in fact an old Backgammon game?!!!

-- Gary, Ladysmith, VA

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#2 posted 12-13-2017 04:09 AM

It certainly holds drill bits and saw blades a whole better than game board pieces!

-- Gary, Ladysmith, VA

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#3 posted 12-16-2017 12:21 AM

LOL! It sure looks like an old backgammon game! Sorry no advice here, but I do enjoy a round of backgammon once in a while—unless my husband beats me, then it’s not as fun. ;-)

-- Striving for function *and* form, but settling quite happily for function. ;-)

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