|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 10-27-2016 06:42 PM||725 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Some years ago my little daughter gave me a Christmas gift that she bought at school. It was a perfect present for me, and it demonstrated true thoughtfulness on her part. Somehow I knew that I was destined to make this project one day. Very recently that day arrived.
I arranged the parts of the kit on a piece of scrap wood to determine where things would go and how big it needed to be. I traced the handle and cut it out using my scroll saw. Then I drilled holes to hold the various bits and sockets. The little socket extension needed a slot cut into the wood. I made this by measuring carefully, keeping my wits about me and using the router table to create the slot.
Originally I intended to build a hinged, lidded box around this tray, but the wood I cut to do that ended up to not be tall enough. After thinking for short while I decided to put a lipped bottom on the tray and make the ‘box’ into a removable lid. The top panel is clear plastic. I finished the wood with boiled linseed oil.
Sitting inside a cabinet, I’ve never thought to use these tools. Perhaps now I will.
My daughter is now 17 and learning to drive. This coming fall she’ll be off to college. I’ll miss her.
[Below] Mandatory glue-up photo.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!