Traditional Toolbox

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 07-26-2009 07:01 PM 4577 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess everybody has to make one of these at some point…. sort of a rite of passage maybe. :-) I was really just looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the shop. Every once in a while I find it rewarding to be able to take something from start to finish in a single day. It satisfies my impulsive side.

The ends are elm. I had enough boards to make the whole thing of elm, but I was afraid the weight would be too much. Instead, I opted for 1/2” birch ply for the sides and bottom, with a little walnut trim. I would have preferred the buttons in walnut, but there were none at hand, and trying to make some would have definitely nixed the notion of a one-day project.

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

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 07:07 PM

Nicely done…..I like the simple lines….I don’t know how many times I have to whip out a box of some kind to protect and transport a tool…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 07:31 PM

I use to have one. Use to be that every carpenter had one of those now they have all those fancy tool boxes.

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 08:12 PM

i love this…the idea of the one day project is always enticing…very nicely done…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 08:17 PM

A very nice toolbox and good selection of wood. The design is less complicated but perfectly executed. The buttons add to the beauty of the box.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 08:47 PM


Neat. Looks very handy.

But something need to be done about that sticking our of the Tool Box. No offense.

I had a friend’s wife, who fell on to her tool box which had a pointed pry bar sticking out. She is lucky to be alive, it did damage to the brain.

I, on the other hand, the other day I had my electric drill with a spade bit in and in my tool bucket. The bit stuck our of the bucket by 1/2”. Some how I stepped on the cord, that allowed it to tip over and caught my calf by one inch. Ouch.

I just don’t like anything sticking out. You never know.

W. Kirk Crawford
Tularosa, New Mexico

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 09:19 PM

Charlie nice tool box, just one problem…

It seems too nice to use.


-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 10:10 PM

Nice tool box, but tools and pools don’t go together :-))

-- 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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#8 posted 07-26-2009 11:00 PM

Kirk, thanks for the safety reminder. I really just threw the square and the handsaw in the box to add an idea of scale for the photos. But you are right…. it is probably not a good idea to leave it laying around that way.

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

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 11:13 PM

Charlie, That’s a real beaut! These boxes usually aren’t made with looks in mind, they’re usually slapped together with an extra board that’s hanging around, like this one:Tool box
Threw that together many years ago, originally to carry ammo when my Dad and I went to “Burn some powder” on the firing range.
Nobody told me we have to make EVERYTHING pretty…;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 07-26-2009 11:19 PM

Charlie now your showing off LOL … the tool tote and the swimming pool i show mine on my decking and you go one better with the swimming pool LOL…...


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#11 posted 07-26-2009 11:20 PM

Nice one Charlie.
I like a quick small project. I gott’a find me some.
I also like the cathedral grain pattern matching the side shape in pic #2.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-26-2009 11:46 PM

Mike, I was just trying to make up for the ugly outfeed table I caught such a hard time about. :-)

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

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#13 posted 07-26-2009 11:53 PM

The box is a beauty. I myself even made one of these. But the pool, oh wow! That pool. Could you make one of these and send it on over to my house? It sure would be used!!! LOL!
You could also line that box with a plastic bag for the time being and fill it with your canned (no bottles by a pool) beverages! LOL!
Sorry could not help myself. LOL

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#14 posted 07-27-2009 12:12 AM

Allison, you can come over and take a dip anytime. BYOB. (Bring you own bikini)

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

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#15 posted 07-27-2009 12:52 AM

You could even carry café au lait in it with room for beignet to boot. Looks good Charlie.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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