Small shop boxes

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 04-02-2015 11:55 PM 1756 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let’s face it, boxes are the most fun and useful projects we do. At least for me. I like to make small shop boxes for those tools that seem to get lost or broken if not kept in one place. Here are some I have made in the last few months when I am between projects. All are made from scrap bin wood, (of coarse). I believe that just because it’s a shop box, no reason it can’t be pretty so I take them all the way to finish and felt (pride). This also gives me a chance to practice new styles and finishes and just have some shop fun!

Pic #1 all four together

Pic #2 my newest, keeping my Kreg bits and drivers, glasses (I need those) nail sinks, vix bit, glass cutter and a molding tool. Room for more! Stained with colonial maple, grey felt. First try at half lap corners(?).

Pic #3 This one keeps my wixey digital angle gauge safe (love it) and spare battery’s. Stained with provincial. Black felt on top and black foam on the bottom.

Pic #4 This box was made for my leathercraft tools. Before this I had them in an old check book cover and wrapped with a rubber band. Stained with kona.

Pic #5 This one, well, we all need a little snack in the shop right? Stained with black cherry and no felt.

I really had fun making these and I still have many more to make. I still have a new chisel set that need a safe home and many other things. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 04-03-2015 12:27 AM

Love them all.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#2 posted 04-03-2015 01:30 AM

They look great. Nice work.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 05:01 AM

What a great set, particularly like the over length joinery on the lighter color one.

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#4 posted 04-03-2015 05:07 AM

Jeff, what a nice assortment. I like the varied designs. My ceaselessly energetic and entertaining four-year-old grandson has taught me the importance of play. For him, play is fun, creative, and a great way to learn. Never underestimate the importance of play for adults, and for all the same reasons. Looks like you had fun playing in your shop and have some useful additions to show for it. Somewhere down the line they will be someone’s treasures. “This was great-grandpa’s (or great-uncle Jeff’s) set of leather working tools.” Be sure to sign and date your boxes on the bottom. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 04-03-2015 08:06 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Just simple boxes but I really did have fun making each one. Al, I think I will take your advice on putting my mark on the bottom. A future generation may appreciate that. Thanks all for looking.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 04-03-2015 01:15 PM

Nice job with the boxes. Great idea to use these for ideas and to practice on. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 04-03-2015 04:52 PM

These turned bout nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 04-03-2015 06:19 PM


-- Rev 22:21

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#9 posted 04-03-2015 11:15 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. They are good practice and fun in the shop. I think out of all my projects I enjoy making boxes the best! Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 04-05-2015 12:31 PM

Like them all but really like the half-lap box. Gonna be my next box. Thanks for the idea. Love them Mallo-cups! Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 04-05-2015 02:29 PM


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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