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Project by measure1_cut2 posted 02-06-2009 05:39 AM 2646 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 02-06-2009 05:55 AM

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 02-06-2009 06:05 AM

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 02-06-2009 06:10 AM

it will last alot longer being oak. Nice job.

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 06:48 AM

very nice, I like the colors contrast

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 06:49 AM

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 02-06-2009 07:46 AM

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

-- 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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#7 posted 02-06-2009 08:53 AM

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 02-06-2009 01:39 PM

great box

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 02-06-2009 04:24 PM

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 02-06-2009 04:31 PM

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

-- Bill, Florida

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#11 posted 02-06-2009 05:08 PM

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

-- ED

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#12 posted 02-06-2009 05:36 PM

Beautiful 1st project!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 02-06-2009 08:02 PM

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 02-06-2009 08:11 PM

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 02-06-2009 08:46 PM

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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