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Project by measure1_cut2 posted 2028 days ago 2384 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started woodworking by taking one of those continuing adult education courses through the local community college. Everyone there was making big pieces of furniture, tables, desks, french doors, bookshelves, etc. I chose a tool box. I thought wow! – that so practical – I can make it and use it later. I download a plan and started to work. The plan called for pine – but I thought Oak and Mahogany would look better. So I went ahead and started to build it. I noticed the Oak was a bit heavier that Pine but what the hey I could use the workout. Then those finger joints – I learned never make a finger joint jig out of pine. It worked OK for the first three corners but moved on the last joint. After 5 more panels I finally got it to fit. So now I have a toolbox with (feels like) 50 lbs of oak. Needless to say it stay put and does not travel with me. There was a reasion for the pine.

-- To err is human and I'm I an expert in being human

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#1 posted 2028 days ago

It may not be practical to carry around, but it sure is a thing of beauty!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 2028 days ago

very nice…says alot about your pride in your work when you show up someplace with that tool box…heavy? naw…you carry your pride in your ability inside it..

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#3 posted 2028 days ago

it will last alot longer being oak. Nice job.

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#4 posted 2028 days ago

very nice, I like the colors contrast

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#5 posted 2028 days ago

A craftsman was always known by his toolbox as to how good he is. You must be a great craftsman. Beautiful piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 2028 days ago

Tis a beautiful piece. Hard to believe it’s a first project :-))

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

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#7 posted 2028 days ago

If you’d like , I could send you some Pine and you could send me your Oak : ) Beautiful job !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 2028 days ago

great box

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 2027 days ago

Great looking box! If this is your first, I can’t wait to see how your stuff turns out when you get the hang of stuff… lol…

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

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#10 posted 2027 days ago

Nice box, I would say your on your way! Where did you get the plan?

-- Bill, Florida

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#11 posted 2027 days ago

Wonderful first project. Beats what my first box looked like.

-- ED

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#12 posted 2027 days ago

Beautiful 1st project!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 2027 days ago

First project. Wow! Nice job.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#14 posted 2027 days ago

Very nice first project …. Great idea to make it out of oak to add weight to it so that it doesn’t walk away easily :-)

-- Chris, The Kyserike Kraftsman -

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#15 posted 2027 days ago

Wow…that’s some beautiful toolbox…..don’t want to get it dirty!! Keep it on display to show off your talents.

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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