Hoop Pine Equipment Boxes

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Project by robscastle posted 06-09-2016 03:17 AM 1356 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes started off life as a Hoop Pine T and G flooring we were doing in a revovation of a Traditional Queenslander. A lot of the fine detail work was done with the owners Worx 424 compact saw.
I wa so impressed with the saw I tried to buy one but there was no stock in my area.

The flooring off cuts were collected and recycled into two Worx 424 Compact Saw boxes.
One mine and one for the home owner.
The owner surprised me with a gift of a W424 saw so I decided to return the favour and make a box for his as well.
Some of the rot section insert repairs we did with his saw


Rip the Tongues off completely and rip only half the Grooves off, and dress the timber.
For the box frame I used recessed butt joints
For the lid I used miter lap joints

The inserts:
The Camphor Laurel inserts were simply a rebate and the insert sanded to bit a nice fit, I wanted to see if I could actually sand them to get a near perfect fit, almost achieved in on the second P2 Lid!
Some Titebond III and a battery and they were in.

In the process of making the lid frame joints I inadvertently cut one of the frame pieces up by mistake.
As I had limited material I had to Join the P1 lid.
I should have positioned the defect at the back but didn’t think at the time, Oh for some wisdom!!

The two boxes were identified as P1 and P2 during construction simply to ensure parts were not interchanged and any dimensional differences caused problems at glue up
I used a veining bit for the edge detail and a roundover bit on the edges.
The usual hardware was used apart from the lid support I initially used some chain but it was too fragile for the job so some SS wire and two electrical connectors were used.

The bases are sections of MDF fitted into the existing Flooring groove, hey it was there already!

Sanded to 320 grit and spray can clear finish was used.
the lid inserts were drum sanded to match the lid frames.

P1 in service

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-09-2016 03:48 AM

NICE… COOL boxes…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 06-09-2016 03:59 AM

Rob, nice work. Looks like you have made some very substantial and utilitarian boxes from your scrap and they have character, as you do, to boot.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 06-09-2016 05:40 AM

Nice boxes, very well used wood. I also use every scrap wood possible.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 06-09-2016 06:51 AM

A couple of very pretty boxes you’ve made Rob and from offcuts…top job..

BUT the best photo is of the the dunny in all it’s glory….good one sport…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 06-09-2016 11:26 AM

Good looking boxes Robert and the hoop pine looks very nice with the Laurel camphor.

The Worx saw looks pretty handy, but I am wondering how long the blade would stay sharp with it’s small diameter. That said, there is probably a lot uses for a tool line that, so I’m not knocking it. I suppose we will see a lot of them around before long.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-09-2016 11:27 AM

Nice looking boxes Rob, they should keep those saws dust free!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#7 posted 06-09-2016 03:00 PM

Boxes of this sort have always been a very useful and practical way of storing almost anything – especially tools and similar items. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-10-2016 12:59 AM

Nicely repurposed flooring, Rob. We have the B&D version of that saw. Very handy little saw.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 06-11-2016 12:56 PM

There is no such thing as scrap.. lol. Nice boxes from leftovers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 06-11-2016 09:45 PM

Thanks for the feedback everybody good stuff, and some individual replies attached

Majulva I didn’t have an immediate use for the timber’ but when the gift arrived I knew just what to make with it

Crowie Typical only an Aussie would PU on the Dunny and comment !

The blade is only about 60mm diameter and 24 teeth (possibly more them me!) and I thought the same thing when I first saw the saw and wondered about its effectiveness, initially I didn’t like it much but upon working with it was impressed enough I attempted to buy one.
I also went out and bought two replacement blades at $15 each just in case!

We each should do a review on them as it would be a good comparison on the two individual brands.
Incidentally when looking for one to purchase I found a few reviews/comments very unfavorable on them, but as I had used it I didn’t agree anyway.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 06-12-2016 12:01 AM

Apparently I don’t do reviews in an acceptable manner so, unless something drastic changes, I’ll not do another.

-- God bless, Candy

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