Tool Box

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Project by CanuckGal posted 1717 days ago 4451 views 9 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second box. The spouse took up scroll sawing and I decided to make a tool box to store all those scroll saw specialty tools. I had some small pieces of exotic woods that I just wanted to try something out with so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. The carcase is MDF with walnut, spalted maple and zebra wood veneers. The lid is solid blood wood and black locust. The drawer insides are walnut with plywood bottoms.
I made lots of mistakes and learned a lot about fixing mistakes and a lot about what NOT to do next time, and what I need to brush up on. There’s a lot of that! It took almost 4 weeks to complete and used pretty much every tool in the shop. Plus I got to learn a lot about working with exotic woods, including the rash. :)
I worked out the original concept in Google Sketchup, and I think I got pretty close. I finished it with 2 coats of Minwax Satin Poly.

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#1 posted 1717 days ago

Awesome job, I love your work. Thanks

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 1717 days ago

Very very neat, clean and beautiful. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1717 days ago

This is a beautiful toolbox and it is one that any of us would be proud to have in our shops. I enjoy the way you have incorporated different woods into its construction.

At one time I felt that shop furniture and accessories only needed to be functional since they were not “fine furniture”. But after seeing posts, such as this, I have completely changed my opinion and now appreciate seeing shop furniture and fixtures that have both form and function incorporated into their construction.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 1717 days ago

You did good! That is one fantastic box that he will cherish for many years.

-- Bill, Florida

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#5 posted 1717 days ago

Very well excecuted, Did yoou find those veneers locally or mail order?

-- Dave- New Brunswick

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Porkchop's Workshop

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#6 posted 1717 days ago

Very Nice Tool Box!! Good Work

-- Joshua Warren {Also know as- Porkchop}

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#7 posted 1717 days ago

Good looking tool box. The grain and proportions are pleasing to the eye and the chest is utilitarian as can be. Looks like a win win to me. Great job. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#8 posted 1717 days ago

Beautiful work and especially tackling the aspect of veneering so well. I agree that the combination of woods makes the piece too. Also, this is a nice design. I am hoping to master Sketchup and veneering in the near future. My hat is off to you on your acomplishments here.



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#9 posted 1717 days ago

Great toolbox.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 1717 days ago

Hey Deb
This is a fine tool chest with a well balanced design and great variation of woods. It looks fantastic.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1717 days ago

Awesome box! I like the design of the lid a lot.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 1717 days ago

Nothing like a beautiful place to keep your tools. Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#13 posted 1717 days ago

Thanks very much for all your generous comments. I made all the veneers myself from solid woods. It was a good bandsaw learning experience and workout and a great way to stretch small pieces of exotic woods. The thinnest ones are about 1/8”, that would be the walnut on the sides and back of the box. The drawer fronts are 1/4” thick. The spalted maple veneers range from 1/8” to 3/16”. I added a picture of the walnut panels I glued up.

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#14 posted 1716 days ago

Beautiful tool box, looks too nice for the shop.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#15 posted 1716 days ago

Your toolbox looks fantastic, the design is great, I especially like the lid with the large storage area underneath.

-- Mark, Sydney, Australia

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