A Trim Carpenter's Tool Box

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Project by NoLongerHere posted 11-21-2014 04:19 PM 14894 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built this tool box way back in 1986 out of Oak plywood and solid oak 3/4×1” edge banding and brass screws.

It has two large dovetailed oak drawers, 3 ft. deep that go under two 2’x4’ boxes that are screwed together.

There is a tool organizer made of solid oak inside that holds saw blades, sand paper, chisels, hole saw bits, etc.

It’s been a great way to carry my tools and supplies. They’re low and out of site, tools won’t come flying off a shelf inside a noisy tin can cargo van.

I can see out the back and sides, plywood and 2x materials slide on top and I can still get to most of my tools.

The best part was I could pull it out and throw in the captain’s chairs and use the van for camping or on vacation or to pull our boat to Lake Geneva for the day. That works for me.

But now, I’m retiring and just don’t need a big van with a ladder rack and all those tools. In fact, I just sold the van. First time in 30 years I haven’t had a van.

My wife bought me this Ford pickup…. said it makes me look sexy. I guess I can get use to it.

btw – She’s getting new glasses next week.

It would be nice to find a new owner for the tool boxes. They could be separated and the drawers cut down if desired. They’re built like a brick shit house and have lots of work to do before they retire.

They could be touched up and varnished if you wanted them to look nicer. It still gets lots of compliments.

If you’re near Grayslake Illinois and a LJ member, I will give you the tool boxes for free if you pick them up .

I’d be happy knowing they’re being used and appreciated the way I have all these years.

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 07:16 PM

Tools are included for that price right ?? Haha…..
Have fun with the new truck. I switched from vans to a truck and trailer about 12 years ago. Sometimes tight to get into driveways but nice to be able to unhook and be free..

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 07:27 PM

Wow! reed, you have the coolest attitude, give back!
I am sure you have many, many, happy customers through your working career, That truck sure looks nice,, enjoy!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 07:32 PM

WOW still being used daily since 1986 You do some darn good work. I’m sure the person getting this will get another 30yrs out of it

very cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 11:27 PM

Nice truck. I am sure you will grow to appreciated its versatility, as well.

Hope you find a good home for your tool boxes.


-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 01:34 AM

Mark, good luck to you. I was a mobile commercial/industrial door guy for many years. I had a similar box, maybe half your size. I built a custom 2-wheeler to carry it and all I needed. I like where you tuck your 2 ft. levels, nice.

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 01:55 AM

Nice set-up. My neighbor constantly comments on my own organization in the shop and how he wants to have the same. Oddly when it comes time to put in the time and effort he decides why bother,....... (Laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 07:06 AM

Hope you enjoy retirement! I’m in the same boat, giving away a lot of stuff I will never use again. I did the semi phase too. I finally got used to the idea of not working ;-) Guess that may be the sign of a true craftsman, feeling naked and a little afraid without your tools.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-22-2014 05:03 PM

Gary – I do have duplicate hand tools I’m trying to find homes for too… but no planes or antiques.
This truck is so nice, I feel guilty driving it. I almost kept the van so I wouldn’t scratch it! It doesn’t have any dents! ....Aghhhh! somebody dent it already and get it over with!
It has a pull out step from the tail gate which makes it nice for my tired old knees. I also have a 6×10 trailer, if needed. I’d like to do another art show with this set up. Just gotta make more stuff to sell, ... one of my winter projects ….. who’s retiring? Ha!

Topamax – It was tough to say goodbye to the van but I’m already cleaning out the shop of old inventory from remodeling projects and tools I don’t need. It will be fun to re work the shop to make furniture and smaller things and finally finish working on my house. A new path awaits! ... but coffee first.

Thanks to the rest of you for the comments. I hope to have good things to share soon.

life is good.

... it’s about got dammm time!

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#9 posted 11-23-2014 03:44 PM

You forgot to mention the spiffy level cubby!!
I wholeheartedly recommend the retirement idea, it took me awhile to succeed (failed by going back to “help out” for a few months). After 25 years at the same company, and several owner changes, I got to the point that I loved the work, but hated the job.
Waking up without an alarm (far earlier than I ever did while working) is a wonderful feeling. Knowing that the day ahead is mine and what it holds for me is my choice to make!
Projects are lined up and patiently waiting their turn!
Best of luck in your next phase….enjoy every moment!

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#10 posted 11-24-2014 05:29 PM

Thanks, Johnsgirl, sounds like you know exactly where I’m at. 5 am wake up and all.

I cut down a mahogany 4 ft. level to 3 ft. to fit in that cubby hole. In kitchen remodeling, 3 ft. is a nice size… surprised they don’t sell them.

BTW – There’s a young trim carpenter coming by to look at it this weekend so it may have a job already! I might refurbish it a little and spray on a coat of varnish before he sees it. I always wanted to replace that white plastic drawer organizer with one made of oak ….. that wouldn’t take long. looks like I have a project.

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#11 posted 11-24-2014 06:25 PM

What retirement , Your giving the tool box away and still going to Spff it up for the new owner. That is Not Retirement my friend.

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