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Project by molan posted 03-01-2015 04:50 AM 1742 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project before moving as a way to safely move my hand tool collection. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish it in time and only had the carcass ready (without a lid) at the time of the move. So I packed everything in it and it sat in a storage container full and unfinished for over 6 months.

Then about 4 months after moving into the new place I finally got around to finishing this project. But even then it seemed to be vexed for some reason. Twice I miscut dovetails for the tills and had to remake parts. Whoopsie!

After I finished it I ended up painting it Blue (still not sure I like the blue) because I happened to have a gallon of leftover blue paint from another project. Quart vs Gallon anyone. There is a big difference when your wife tells the paint lady at Home Depot what she needs to repaint a toy box.

But I guess that is the nice thing about paint. If I decide I don’t like it I can change the color later.





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 03-01-2015 05:17 AM

Looks like a nice build, Molan, but wow is that blue! :-)

Now that it’s done, are you working out if it, or is it mostly storage? Enquiring minds want to know!

Thanks for posting!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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molan

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#2 posted 03-01-2015 05:20 AM

Yep, it is blue, I am working out of it. I have all of my wood working related hand tools in it and have been working out of it for about 5 months now, I have it sitting on a set of Rollers so I can role it around my garage. But normally I only move it to get it out of the way if I am working on something and need the floor space. It typically sits in front of my work bench

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 03-01-2015 05:28 AM

I’ve struggled to make mine the key location, good to hear it’s working for you!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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exelectrician

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#4 posted 03-01-2015 07:14 AM

Nice tool box, the contrast between the blue and the wood interior really brings home the difference.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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theoldfart

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#5 posted 03-01-2015 12:12 PM

Well made chest. I work exclusively out of mine. You can also use it as a seat while working at the bench. I just finished a Dutch chest to take some of my tools to a woodworking class so I work out of two chests.

Oh and that blue, well to each his own. It does work as a toy box color!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 03-01-2015 02:57 PM

That is a nice looking tool box and a great addition to your shop.

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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molan

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#7 posted 03-01-2015 06:17 PM

Like I said, not sure I like the blue, but I had lots of blue paint left from over from a different project.

I have actually used it as a seat, but normally I end up using my saw bench for that.

It also doubles as a coloring book play surface for my daughter as it is the perfect height for her to stand at and color when I am in the garage and she is hanging out with me

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theoldfart

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#8 posted 03-01-2015 06:35 PM

“It also doubles as a coloring book play surface for my daughter as it is the perfect height for her to stand at and color when I am in the garage and she is hanging out with me”

With out a doubt the most valuable tool in your shop!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Andre

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#9 posted 03-01-2015 06:51 PM

Chest looks good, you could always take a sander and add the age/character? Isn’t pine fun to dove tail, got to keep them blades sharp! Nice to see a fellow Albertan here I am a little East of you, next time I am in that area would love to see your shop.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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kb9jlo

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#10 posted 03-01-2015 06:57 PM

I like the blue. Heck I like the chest. I’ll bet that sucker is a hand full when you load it up! Ha, ha! :-)

You could put like a gray or back wash and scuff through the paint in places. Sort of make it look like milk paint or chalk paint. Make the wash flat or semi-flat finish??

Great work. Nice design.

-- Dan -- KB9JLO <><

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tirebob

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#11 posted 03-03-2015 05:59 PM

Good job man! If you are unsure of the blue, put a nice matte black or yellow milk paint over it and as the bangs and dings of life get to it over the years you will get a wicked patina come through…

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