Repurposed Desk/Toolbox

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Project by Belford posted 01-05-2017 08:33 PM 947 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A toolbox made from a Maple desk my Grandfather purchased on December 6th 1941. I remember he said he was lucky to have purchased the desk when he did because after Pearl Harbor (the next day) furniture was much more difficult to get.

In any case the toolbox retains the original desk finish. I lined it with 1/8 inch Maple and ΒΌ inch Aromatic Cedar and made two lift out drawers from Spanish Cedar and two of the original drawer pulls.

Because I never make plans or think things through I unknowingly made the box nearly the same size as one of the desk pedestals feet, once I discovered that fact I just attached the feet frame from the pedestal so it appears it was planned that way from the start.

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 02:45 AM

That’s a great looking toolbox. Nice work.

Be careful with the cedar lining and metal tools. Cedar in contact with iron causes rust.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 02:24 PM

nice build

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 08:48 PM

This is a nice tool box and is quite functional and practical looking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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