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Project by Chris Wright posted 01-30-2009 03:33 AM 2850 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. I decided to make a toolbox for my growing wood turning projects and tools. I thought I’d use up some left over wood I’ve had kicking around. The fronts are all walnut with white oak pulls, the sides of the drawers are made from maple, cherry and white oak. The bottoms are a mix or quarter inch cherry, luan and (because I didn’t have enough of that and didn’t want to cut up a fresh sheet) a piece of plexi-glass. The case top and bottom is a mix or white and red oak, and the sides are cherry. The handles are Red Oak and I made them removable so I can fit into a smaller space if needed. This was a fun and very educational project.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#1 posted 01-30-2009 03:49 AM

Very nice toolbox. I like the carrying handles. Great work Chris!

This my sincere opinion, you can cut the groove for the drawer bottom by using hand held router and do not cut all the way through from end to end so as not to let it expose when the drawer in open position. Correct me if I’m wrong.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-30-2009 04:47 AM

looks good and useful….good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 01-30-2009 04:50 AM

Very nice, you’ll enjoy this for years to come.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 01-30-2009 05:26 AM

I like it alot.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#5 posted 01-30-2009 07:52 PM

Gotta love that wood…and excellent job on the handles.

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#6 posted 01-30-2009 09:09 PM

looks great

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#7 posted 01-31-2009 06:18 AM

This is a good start to a great craftsman. You did a good job on this. However you need to clean up the box joints. Leave the tails proud and then sand them flush with the pins. Othere then that its a great start to something wonderful.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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#8 posted 01-31-2009 07:49 AM

a job that helps keep order in the tools is the best work can be done. Will any finish?

-- Sorry I do not speak English very well, nor write, but I learn

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#9 posted 01-31-2009 03:19 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

Dave: Thanks for the advice, after I assembled the box I realized I should have made the pins longer and cut them to size.

Omega: I’m still trying to decide weather or not I’m going to put a finish on it, probably not.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#10 posted 02-01-2009 10:58 PM

The handles steal the show!!

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#11 posted 02-21-2009 04:46 AM

Nice job good mix of wood you might want to danish oil and poly that would make it stand out in a dusty workshop.


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#12 posted 08-26-2009 10:52 PM

Amazing toolbox, would you mind sharing the dimensions.

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Chris Wright

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#13 posted 08-26-2009 11:45 PM

Sure thing Jeff. All the lumber used (except the drawer bottoms) is planed to 1/2 an inch. The outside dimensions of the case are 26 1/4” wide x 13 1/2” tall x 17 1/4” deep. The drawers are all 16” long with an inside depth of 1 3/4”. The top drawers are 8” wide, the bottoms are 25” wide. I used quarter inch plywood for the bottoms of the drawers.

Thanks for the comment

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#14 posted 08-27-2009 05:01 AM

Very nice

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#15 posted 08-27-2009 05:07 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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