LumberJocks

A box worthy of the gift from my daughter

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dave Rutan posted 10-27-2016 06:42 PM 621 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

[Legebla en Esperanto]

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!





12 comments so far

View CFrye's profile

CFrye

8749 posts in 1305 days


#1 posted 10-27-2016 10:30 PM

Custom box to display the thoughtful gift from your daughter. Great job, both of you! I really like the clear top. Now, USE it (the tool, that is)!

-- God bless, Candy

View Mean_Dean's profile

Mean_Dean

5056 posts in 2612 days


#2 posted 10-27-2016 10:40 PM

Great box set up for your daughter’s gifted tool! I like how you took the time to cut out the molded area for the handle to sit—nice touch!

By the way, I haven’t heard anything about the boomerang project—did I miss something?!

-- Dean

View GR8HUNTER's profile

GR8HUNTER

1139 posts in 177 days


#3 posted 10-27-2016 10:46 PM

nice story …....... good idea ….....every time you use it ….. you will have sweet thoughts …........GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1653 days


#4 posted 10-27-2016 10:56 PM



Custom box to display the thoughtful gift from your daughter. Great job, both of you! I really like the clear top. Now, USE it (the tool, that is)!

- CFrye

I have put it on a shelf with my other wrench-shaped objects. I can see it now, so I’m more likely to pull it down and use it. It’s definitely not something one can use to bust loose frozen screws or bolts.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1653 days


#5 posted 10-27-2016 10:57 PM



Great box set up for your daughter s gifted tool! I like how you took the time to cut out the molded area for the handle to sit—nice touch!

By the way, I haven t heard anything about the boomerang project—did I miss something?!

- Mean_Dean

Boomerang project is sleeping. Maybe in the spring I’ll give it another go. I still think the arms were just too short.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View JCinVA's profile

JCinVA

104 posts in 295 days


#6 posted 10-28-2016 12:42 AM

Great story and sentiment to go with the project. It’s amazing how fast they grow up.

View majuvla's profile

majuvla

9153 posts in 2332 days


#7 posted 10-28-2016 10:30 AM

That’s the way how tools should be treated, nice compartments for each part.. Once, my boys gave me screwdriver as birthday present and they realy ’’hit the target’’ with it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1653 days


#8 posted 10-28-2016 10:31 AM



Great story and sentiment to go with the project. It s amazing how fast they grow up.

- JCinVA

Thanks. Time flies one day at a time.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View Dave Rutan's profile

Dave Rutan

1430 posts in 1653 days


#9 posted 10-28-2016 11:09 AM



That s the way how tools should be treated, nice compartments for each part.. Once, my boys gave me screwdriver as birthday present and they really hit the target with it.

- majuvla

I have a small tap and die set that I got for Christmas once. I need to make a custom box for it as well. The plan is in my head. I just need to DO it.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

View Mean_Dean's profile

Mean_Dean

5056 posts in 2612 days


#10 posted 10-28-2016 09:01 PM


... I just need to DO it.

- Dave Rutan

No Time like the present, Dave….....!

-- Dean

View Steve Peterson's profile

Steve Peterson

324 posts in 2547 days


#11 posted 10-29-2016 03:42 PM

That’s a great display case. Another benefit is that you turned it into “art”, so you can still say you are using it without actually having to use it. The quality of tools that you can get at the school functions is usually not that great. You wouldn’t want to break them.

Steve

-- Steve

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

16955 posts in 2654 days


#12 posted 10-29-2016 11:48 PM

Love Love it both the story and the box. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com