Sons toolbox

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Project by Brent posted 2581 days ago 1864 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my 7 year old son this toolbox for Christmas last year. I used hand tools for all the joinery and enjoyed this project very much. I am doing more skill building projects these days. The #3 Bailey plane and the #151 spoke shave I found at yard sales and refinished them as they were rust balls when I found them. The box is joined with hand cut dovetails. The door and back are raised panels I did with a 4 1/2 hand plane. The stiles and rails are haunched mortise and tenons and the panel groove was cut with a #49 tongue and groove plane. It took a few weeks to finish this project. Could have done it in a day with power tools. The finish is milk paint. Also a first with milk paint.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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#1 posted 2581 days ago

It came out great. I find hand tools relaxing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 2581 days ago

Wow, nice gift, I hope your son will appreciate it for a long time. Great Job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 2581 days ago

Very nice, are the corners of the toolbox box joints or dovetails?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 2581 days ago

Great to see you developing hand tool skills. This is a lovely chest and I particularly like the contrast between the interior natural color and the Milk Paint finish – very nice work.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 2581 days ago

The four box corners and the drawers are all dovetailed.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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#6 posted 2581 days ago

This will last his lifetime. Wonderful job!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 2581 days ago

The essence of woodworking is the handtools….I still like my horsepower but it’s the handtool work that makes me love woodworking. I need to start going to more flea markets..

Great Toolbox…you have a very lucky son.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 2581 days ago

Nice work and High five on the hand tool use.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#9 posted 2580 days ago

Very nice work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 2580 days ago

Nice project. I would love to have seen a before and after of the rusty tools :) great job on both.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 2580 days ago

Thanks for all the compliments. BTW – Ill post some before and after shots when I refinish the next plane.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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#12 posted 2580 days ago

Nice job Brent. I like the idea of hand tools to, but I find them hard on the joints (my joints). So many years of working on the computer that my elbows just ache when I have to do much hand sanding. I can not imagine building something by hand like you did. I would be out of commission for weeks.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 2580 days ago

Good work

-- Pedro Rodrigues da Costa, Sintra, Portugal

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#14 posted 2580 days ago

Nice chest. Your son should be proud.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#15 posted 2578 days ago

He will cherish his whole life and then pass it on. Excellent gift.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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