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Project by TechTeacher04 posted 02-13-2016 06:44 PM 1092 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across a posting that showed a Stanley 801 and 888 tool box. I had removed a pine builtin book case last year and did not have the Heart to throw it in the dumpster. After multiple passes through my drum sander the dark brown stain was hiding almost clear pine.

The original used a metal handle, i wanted to try making a wooded one, but reinforced it with 2- 1” strips running across the grain. I attached the bottom to the handle portion with a sliding dovetail. The sides and ends fit into a rabbet cut on the table saw then fine tuned with my shoulder plane. I bent the reclaimed hinges to match the angle of the lid.

I modified the size to carry my lie nielsen low angle jack and 4-1/2 smoother. I left the wood unfinished, i am not sure if i like the idea of painting it like popular woodworking and chris schwarz recommend. I kind of like the texture from the drum sander, it doesn’t slide around due to the tooth type surface.





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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 02-13-2016 07:21 PM

Hey, that looks really good! I like the reinforcement of the wooden handle, good thinking. Not sure if you pin-nailed the sides to the ends; that might be a good idea. And screws through the ends, into the main handle ‘spar’ because it carries a bunch of weight and stress (obviously).

Really nice job.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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TechTeacher04

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#2 posted 02-13-2016 09:18 PM

I glued and nailed all of the joints, the weight is the reason I did a sliding dovetail to attach the handle to the bottom. I over build everything.

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 10:15 PM

Wow, sliding dovetail too (missed that part)! Sounds great, nice build.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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OldGuysRule

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#4 posted 02-14-2016 02:29 AM

Sweet!!! I’m a sucker for wooden tool totes and box’s!!!!

Great job!

I don’t know why but when I look at it, I see a green tinted finish. Just a tint so the grain shows though and a light green. Not like a dark Kelly green but, more like the back ground of a dollar bill. But, I could be losing my mind!!!!! LOL

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#5 posted 02-14-2016 02:36 AM

I see the green too, either the lighting or ipad camera created the effect.

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#6 posted 02-15-2016 11:20 PM

Yeah, but when I said I see a green finish, I meant, I would finish it with a green tint. LOL. I see what you are talking about the end of it in the photo does kinda looks green. Maybe that’s what gave me the idea.

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#7 posted 02-16-2016 01:58 AM

I do like this project. I recently made one these but, it was open. I happen to like yours better than mine. I like the closing doors. Good Job.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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