|Project by ki7hy||posted 10-06-2016 04:24 AM||1548 views||8 times favorited||14 comments|
Well, this was a fun experiment. Sorry for the long post but I want to explain my way through this one. I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but it came as a “need” for me. You know, how you “need” a new tool because the 1000 others won’t do?
First, this is made to look old. I rough planed it, distressed it and made it a little dirty inside with the black dust from sanding the outside a little. Seller’s replicated a 200 year old chest and I loved that chest so wanted one of my own but didn’t need a chest because I have a wall hanging cabinet I built so this one had to do more, and it does more better than I thought it would. As for the distressing, I regret some of it. I think I did it too much for my liking and the sides should be smoother. Once I waxed it, the rough planing I intentionally did was way more pronounced. Wish I hadn’t done so much of that and just made it smooth. Don’t get me wrong, it’s already received some new scratches from just moving it around and using it for awhile to test out the functions so it’s going to get beat up pretty bad anyway.
Second, the “need” is where most of you won’t dig this box. I built this because I have family that lives up north of the valley of the sun here and we like to get away to their house often. In Arizona it’s always nice to head up north. So I had the idea to build a box to hold tools and work off of so I can take to the streams, lakes, and rivers up north and just sit and work on something. It doesn’t matter what it is, just wood working. So that’s the idea of this box. I won’t be building furniture out of the box or a dining room table but I can do small boxes, bird houses, etc. The point is, I get to get out of town and my hobby gets to come with me.
Third, The idea of this box came with the need I had. I did a search to see if I could find examples and surely there must be some but the only box I could find was Shannon from The Hand Tool School and I wasn’t a huge fan. His is indeed more mobile than mine but it’s not high enough to use unless you have a table to put it on or something. I needed a height I could work off of in a fold up chair. I also didn’t like the idea of drawers. His has drawers. His is cool but wasn’t what I needed. He did give me some inspiration though and I am thankful for that.
I use a fold up hand truck to move mine around. It folds up to about the same size as the box so it’s really easy to pack it along. I can lift and carry it on my own but long distances would frustrate me so the folding hand truck is the answer.
As for the layout. I just threw in some common tools I would take along. I didn’t really organize it well because I might build some specific holders for a few things so that’s a work in progress at the moment but it’s ready to go up north tomorrow if we wanted. I have tested all the functions and find they all work better than expected so far.
Ask any questions you want to know. It was an experiment to start with but it will get plenty of use.