Toolboxes #1: Sketchup of Toolbox for wood working school

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Blog entry by Michael Clark posted 06-13-2009 11:55 PM 3668 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I signed up for a furniture building school at the Dogwood Institute in Georgia.

One thing they did when I signed up was give me a list of tools I needed. Most were things I didn’t have because I’m a noob and I don’t really have much in the way of hand tools.

So, I got some. Another problem was bringing them to the class. I’ve got a little tool bag I use, but it isn’t quite the right size. Plus, I’m finding I need more in the way of toolboxes to store things instead of just putting them on a shelf. I swear, I lose more drill bits, hammers, and tape measures.

Unfortunately, It turns out I’m the only person in the company and my boss won’t let me have my vacation. So, I’ve been playing with Sketchup a lot more than I probably should have. I’m growing to love Sketchup despite being quirky(I need to move this 1/16th down the face…why is it 50 feet away? I barely touched the mouse). I had some plans I’d tried to build from a year ago that came out horribly, horribly wrong. I started playing with those plans in Sketchup only to learn the plan was wrong.

This the first in a series of tool boxes. The dimensions aren’t final because I can’t measure anything at the moment. The drawers are designed with end stops. They will slide so far down some interior rails. I plan on putting nylon straps around them to facilitate removal. The vertical shelf is to hold my Japanese saws. The bottom will hold bulkier tools and working the way up to the lightest on top. I’m thinking of either putting magnets to hold squares in the lid or a little pocket to do so.

I’m also not sure on the wood I want to use.




-- Sometimes... At night... My router tells me to do things to wood. Bad Things.

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#1 posted 06-14-2009 12:15 AM

Looks good. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#2 posted 06-14-2009 01:20 AM

cool and unique

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#3 posted 06-14-2009 02:43 AM

Thanks for the compliments. There are still some things in the air until I get the final dimensions locked down. And I’m not sure what I want to use for the hinge. I’m thinking a toy box hinges so the lid will say up or some sort of something that will let me open the lid 180 degrees and use it as a small shelf.

But I do have to carry the thing, which is the main reason I’ve stayed away from going more Tansu with it. But I still may do that.

-- Sometimes... At night... My router tells me to do things to wood. Bad Things.

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 03:58 PM

The boxed joints will make it real strong and attractive….......for the hinge…..Piano hinge is the way to go.

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