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Mother & daughter toolbox #1: How a novice plans a first project

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Hello everyone – my first blog, my first project! I have very little woodworking experience. I sew a lot and am a “crafty” sort of person, but the turn to woodworking has been prompted by my daughter and the little set of tools she got for Christmas.

I decided we’d make a toolbox, intended for the 9 “Red Toolbox” tools we got, plus various things like nails, screws, a pencil, sandpaper and glue… (The tools are: little saw, little hammer, little rasp, 2 clamps, 2 screwdrivers, measuring tape, and coping saw).

The design is a classic one, a simple box with an upper tray with a dowel handle and a removable tray that sits in the lower box. The tool silhouettes are painted in the tray bottoms. I used a plan from the Australian Better Homes & Gardens as inspiration.

However I also took inspiration from Ana White’s site and redesigned the toolbox to be more decorative. The sides of the box are made of decorative mouldings and the whole thing will be painted a bright red. The tool silhouettes are done in a light pink. Or vice versa. Charlotte’s initials and the date will be on one end.

The Better Homes and Gardens plan said “you can cut everything from two sheets of plywood” but me and my cr*ppy handsaw are not at all dealing with giant sheets of ply. No how, no way, not dealing. And since this project is all about working with Charlotte, no power tools. I modified.

Here’s our shopping list from the local Travis Perkins. Here’s where I remember that everything in England is supposedly metric but secretly Imperial:
  • One board 25×200mm (which is actually 21×193) – also called an 8×1; we needed 1.4 metres so got a 1.8m board. Cost £9.45 (seriously?) + 20%VAT…
  • One strip of moulding 25×63 (again, 21×59) – I guess this is 2 ½x 1 in old money; we needed 1.8m so got 2.1m (£4.04)
  • Two 12×25mm (1 x ½) strips for internal dividers and such. They should be 1 ¼ x 1 but they had not got such things – 2 x ½ was the next size up. Two 1.8m strips. (£1.74)
  • A 4×2 sheet of hardboard – for tray bases. We didn’t need nearly this much but that’s the smallest size they had. (£3.69)
  • Sample tins of red and pink paint – Dulux “Red Stallion” 3 and 6. (£3.57 ea)
  • Mopstick – 15/16” or 24mm x 48” (£1.80)
  • Wood glue, nails, wood filler, sandpaper and a sanding block – expensive, actually, but generally if you do woodworking I guess you have these.

Cut list, modified from the BH&G plan as follows to account for the moulding – meaning I put the moulding over the ends, rather than the ends over the sides, as the BH&G plan has it. Also modified for our sizes of timber and other choices.

CUT LIST
ITEM PART SIZE MATERIAL
A Main box ends (2) 300×193 x 21 Pine (8×1)
B Main box handle 442×24mm dia Mopstick
C Tray ends (2) 100×193 x 21 Pine (8×1)
D Main box base 400×193 x 21 Pine (8×1)
E Tray base 400×193 x 3 Hardboard
F Top box base 400×100 x 3 Hardboard
G Main box sides (2) 442×59 x 21 Moulding
H Tray sides (2) 358×41 x 12 Pine (strips, glued edgeways)
I Tray handle 400×24mm dia Mopstick
J Top box sides (2) 400×43 x 19 Moulding (trimmed)
K Main box dividers x 41×12 Pine (strips, glued edgeways)
L Cross dividers
x 20×12 Pine (strips)
M Locators 400×20 x 12 Pine (strips)

At this point most everything is cut.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...



11 comments so far

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ksSlim

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#1 posted 542 days ago

Nicely done and the documentation is perfect.
Welcome to Lumber Jocks

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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stefang

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#2 posted 541 days ago

Well with such and organized approach I suspect you will be a dyed in the wool woodworker soon enough. Welcome to LJ

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 541 days ago

welcome to L J enjoy and have fun :-)
while you are at it then make two boxes at the same time
one for her and one for you
one thing to remember messure twice cut before cutting
there is several pieces that have to have the same lenght make them at the same time
by using a stop block in the mitterbox

take care
Dennis

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 540 days ago

That’s a well designed toolbox. You’ll be up to par in no time. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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ejvc

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#5 posted 540 days ago

Thank you everyone. Well, the bottom box is nailed and glued together, and the top handle is in. I had a terrible time holding it steady for nailing, and I won’t say the joints are nice looking. It’s also only sort of square. However order has been restored as that part has now been painted pink, which seems to be the essential thing.

Must get my camera out and working.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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ejvc

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#6 posted 540 days ago

Dennis: mitre box you say? Hmmm, that sounds interesting. I didn’t cut my boards with one of those.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#7 posted 540 days ago

you use a saw in a sort of box where there is made one to three cuts
that define the angle you will be sawing usealy 90 degree and the 45 degree´s to each side
but can be made with the angles you want
there is mittrebox´s on the market where its possiple to set it in all angles you want to make a cut
as well as there is electric saws with the same feature some call them chopsaws for now I can´t remember the right name … sorry
if you want to go the old way only just with handtools a good workingbench is needed ….
not a fancy one just one that is steady with some clamping possibillity´s
benchhooks and shoting boards together with handplanes
as well as here on L J you can learn alot from the different blogs and on you-tube how to work with
and tune your tools

Dennis

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ejvc

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#8 posted 540 days ago

Thanks so much for continuing to comment, Dennis! I have been looking at mitre boxes since your previous comment. One of my “woodworking for kids” books has a mitre box as a project, but just with a 90 degree angle (which seems silly to me) and without the bench hook. I might make a slightly more advanced one with 45 degree angles. I guess we can manage a bench hook too!

I’ve worked with a chop saw / mitre saw before, they are great but I don’t want to use power tools right now…

As to workbench – well, I have a Workmate clone which, although irritatingly unstable, is doing the job we need right now.

I am enjoying the toolbox build so much. Can’t wait for our next fun project – we’ll make the workbench tools as we go along, I guess.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 540 days ago

I think Mafe (Mads) is showing it in one of his blogs about being in Paris
you can use a half sheet of plywood (or so) place the workmate outfolded
on it at the legs on the outside you make four blocks with holes the workmatesfeet can stay in
and right under the workmate in the mittle you make two slices in the plywood
and add a stropclamp thrugh them up over the beam so the plywood and workmate
become one unit ..... when working on the bench just stand on the plywood to waight it down
this will help alot but it still too small and low for most work as you have descovered :-)

there is a tread on a L J forum that is named knockdown workbench I think
read through it with all the coments and you will learn a ton about benches
as well as there is a ton of bench projects here both the fancy and not so fancy :-)
for years I used two sawhorses , two 2×4 and an old door ….. not so steady either … lol
but good enoff with electric handtools for diy work

Dennis

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ejvc

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#10 posted 540 days ago

Dennis, very much obliged. Off to find the thread!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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camps764

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#11 posted 538 days ago

So impressed (read jealous) with your organization skills! As others have already said, if you approach all of your projects with this level of detail you’ll be making complex projects in no time!

-- Steve. Follow me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/campbellwoodworking or check me out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/campbellwoodworkingne

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