My Class Projects #1: The Toolbox

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Blog entry by naterajj posted 12-15-2009 08:57 AM 1034 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the main project of the Cerritos Community College Introduction to Woodworking class

I used Walnut for most of it and Maple for the bottom. I tried a couple of variations on the recommended plan, giving it feet and a swiveling handle thanks to wedged Birch dowels.

I need to sand and assemble the tray, which also uses Walnut and Maple, fix the handle which was a bit too loose, and put plugs to cover the screws.


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#1 posted 12-15-2009 01:32 PM

Nice… too nice to use!
Love the walnut.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 12-15-2009 02:04 PM

Great looking job. I like that box, the joints are great, Swivel handle.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 12-15-2009 04:29 PM

Beautiful Work!!

Love the corner joinery.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 12-15-2009 07:45 PM

Agree with the statment ‘to beautiful to use’.

Walnut is regal in it’s self. But when expertly crafted, as in this tote, it transends any other.

You have every right to be very proud of this well crafted beauty.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 01:16 AM

When i went to woodworking school we had to make a tool box as well, but we had to use poplar. Yours is much nicer.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 02:58 AM

This is far from expertly crafted, I made a lot of mistakes that cannot be observed through a cell phone picture.

Still I am satisfied with the results. and I thank you for your kind words.

In this class we are allowed to use only hardwoods (I think through the program as well), my classmates used cherry, oak, walnut, maple, mahogany, bloodwood, and so on.

Funny story about the corner joinery, I spent 3 hours trimming them flush using a small handsaw and then hand sanding them, I thought I was saving time since I had only one more day of workshop time available, In our next class our professor showed us how to do it with a stationary belt sander in about 5 minutes…

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#8 posted 12-16-2009 05:40 PM

Nicely done tote and beautiful wood. A good start in woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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