|Project by stillgotallmydigits||posted 09-15-2014 07:06 PM||1584 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
I now see why Gerstner tool boxes are so expensive! I thought I would make a similar box for some of my garage tools and wow what a project! I chose to use solid oak/poplar construction; no plywood which meant making all my own panels. I spent quite a bit of time fitting panels as this thing went together like a jig-saw puzzle. If I got anything out of order during construction it could have ruined the whole project! For example there is no way to install the drawer slides after assembly. Because I was using inset drawers everything had to be perfectly square! Overlay drawers would have been much easier but then you wouldn’t get the same look. As I neared completion of this project I realized I had made the top too narrow!! After a great deal of panic I decided to cut a strip of mahogany I had lying around and add it to the center of my top. As it turned out, I love the top as it reminds me of an old wooden surfboard I used to have, and I think it incorporated well with the general style of the box. Sometimes those mistakes can be blessings!! I did a satin wipe-on finish on all but the top. This was one of my most challenging projects but I am happy with the results.
-- Steve, So.Cal.