A more portable tool box.

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Project by RGtools posted 06-09-2014 01:24 PM 2110 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is based on a Japanese design that I upgraded the carcase joints a bit on. The joinery is more the “quick and dirty” side than the fine side, so I left some blowout here and there.

Here is a description of the pictures:
1. The Box on my tool chest
2. A detail of the joinery
3. Lid detail
4. What it’s loaded with right now
5. Yep, it’s made of < 1/2” stock and you can stand on it
6. Detail of the underside of the handle

This was a quick and very fun project that has paid handsome dividends already. Right now I am using it to store tools I had on the wall while I insulate that wall…it’s also been a stepping stool in that same project.

Here is my favorite picture while I built this. This is while I was securing the ship-lapped base.

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

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#1 posted 06-09-2014 01:42 PM

I love the proud tenons, Ryan. Looks like a nice, clean build. Not surprised it can hold your weight after seeing some of the joinery! Very nice.

White pine or Poplar? Any thoughts on a finish?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#2 posted 06-09-2014 01:52 PM

That’s not blow out, that’s character. Great looking chest.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 06-09-2014 02:16 PM

Super cool Ryn.
It’s a toolbox, so nothing wrong with character. ;-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 05:16 PM

Nice one

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 06-09-2014 06:07 PM

This looks great, I love seeing all the different variations on this design. Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Discover the most interesting woodworking blogs from around the world

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#6 posted 06-09-2014 09:25 PM

Great job. Love the japanese design. Very useful. Congratulations.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#7 posted 06-10-2014 12:36 AM

Terry I don’t think I am going to finish this one at all, this is one of those cases where it just felt wrong. I used poplar for this build since I have a ton of it in wide planks. These were offcuts from another project or two.

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

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 01:20 PM

Super simpel and yet it just looks right. Love the simplicity!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 01:42 PM

Great job Ryan!

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

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#10 posted 06-10-2014 02:03 PM

Yes, I agree, it looks just right.
Certainly no finish required!

I just wish you had built two! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#11 posted 06-10-2014 02:26 PM

Beautiful job Ryan.

That raking light in your shop is phenomenal. Good show!

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 06-11-2014 01:18 PM

^lighting is one complaint I don’t have Tony, soon temperature won’t be an issue either :)

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

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#13 posted 06-11-2014 01:31 PM

Very cool look,room for lots of tools in there.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 01:50 PM

Very handy dandy. Plus it’s a nice little step.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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