Pig Pickin' Accessory Toolbox

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Project by DLC posted 07-14-2015 06:14 PM 1421 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first “commissioned” piece. A friend asked if I would build him a toolbox for the accessories he uses while doing a pig picking. I’m not sure if that’s a Southern-only term – it’s when you put the whole pig on an enclosed cooker in the morning and cook it all day for a party that night.

I always try to experiment with something new when undertaking a project, so the new element here was incorporating many curves. I used two different curves for the top and bottom of the handle, and I like the way it turned out.

The oak boards on the ends were obtained from a music department at my university that was getting rid of a lot of bookshelves. These things were solid oak boards, so I grabbed a bunch. As the picture shows, I planed off the old finish and stain to do my own.

For attaching the handle to the uprights, I made a shallow mortise before screwing it in place. I find this helps keep things aligned and also takes a lot of the weight.

Trying to cut off the dowels flush to the surface without marring the stain was tricky. Cutting with a sharp chisel using a swiping motion was the best way I found.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#1 posted 07-15-2015 04:16 PM

Nice box!

I like free wood the best too!

With a change of the dividers—the same design will haul beverages of different sized bottles!

To add to the enjoyment of the “pig-pickin’” results.

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 07-15-2015 06:37 PM

That piece is awesome. I love the wood combination. You did a great job.

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#3 posted 07-15-2015 06:52 PM

Thanks guys. And ralbuck, I concur – this thing is big enough to fit a growler on one side and a six pack on the other. Much enjoyment to be had.

-- Daniel, Durham, NC

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#4 posted 06-12-2016 09:37 AM

Very nice box and not sure if ‘Pig Picking’ is more wide spread in the USA but the term definitely has not made it to Australia. We don’t do a whole pig very often, that I know of, but I have seen it done where you bury the pig for a day with a fire over the top, very yummy.

The finish really sets off the grain and the joinery is excellent. A lovely piece.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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