Drawer for my wrenches & sockets

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Project by mtkate posted 03-06-2010 01:14 AM 2438 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I could no longer stand looking at the crappy plastic containers holding some random wrenches and sockets (second picture)... and decided to replace them with a crappy box. At least it’s made of wood (all pine scraps).

This project taught me to stick to the plan. The wood is assembled pieces from things disassembled. I planned to paint the box as I knew it would not look good any other way. There are nail holes all over the place and the wood used to have varnish and stain. I also did not want to spend much time sanding. So I spent little time sanding and decided to try out an antique cherry stain finish I had – just to see what it looks like. Blotches all over of course because I did not bother treating it and I did not sand off all the glue that oozed over the edges. I didn’t even try to make sure the wood grain is the same (see the fronts of the drawers!) After it was done I decided to keep it and shove it back in the closet. It does the job. The drawers slide in an out, which is what counts, and the random pieces of tools are organized.

I got to practice with my finger joint jig – which I had to remake because it was just under a millimeter off and my first few passes didn’t work well. Now it works great.

The most exciting thing was using the drill press to make the hole. Never did that before. Is it odd to get thrilled by that kind of activity?

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#1 posted 03-06-2010 01:18 AM

I like it. The finish makes it look like it’s been around for a while not bought yesterday from IKEA! Nice joints. Are they 3/8” ?

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 03-06-2010 01:27 AM

Good for you. You could make a second one and stack them someday. All with different woods and maybe with the grains going diagonal this time.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 03-06-2010 01:28 AM

Hi Jack,

They are 1mm … I believe that is the same as 3/8 inches or really close.

Doing this is pine… you have to take so much care… tap it in really slowly or it wants to split. I lost a drawer front due to “over enthusiasm”...

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#4 posted 03-06-2010 01:31 AM

It’s nice to put your practice shots to good use. Serves as a guide for your next foray.

Somebody is going to invent a good stainable glue and make several million.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 01:33 AM

I know what you mean. I found using a little Titebond I or II on each finger helped them slip together. I also use a forward and back cutting on the saw to be sure it’s cleaned out and a sacrificial board to beat on rather than the side of the box… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 04:57 AM

i like it… i’ll get my tools organised one day.

the alternative on the fronts is interesting.

-- Daniel -

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 05:39 AM

Really nice job!

The joints look great. I love a good jig ;-)

Also ….

”The most exciting thing was using the drill press to make the hole. Never did that before. Is it odd to get thrilled by that kind of activity?”

Around here???

Uh … no.


-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 03-06-2010 05:55 AM

Good job on the box.Nice way to recycle.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 03-06-2010 09:43 AM

I’m with Jack – I think it looks genuinely old. It reminds me of boxes that I’ve see in my grandfather’s garage. I might try that stain on some of my shop projects.

-- John

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#10 posted 03-06-2010 02:39 PM

Nice job and I agree, it’s much nicer to be surrounded by wood things in the shop than plastic. It is a bit odd about that drill press work, but the oddity is what makes us woodworkers. Good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-07-2010 03:43 PM

I even got to use it yesterday. I felt elation to pull the drawer and take out an 11mm wrench I needed to loosen something. The drawer just slid out… then back…. much better than hearing the click of plastic.

The actual stain is a product line called Les Anciens Ebenistes – a product that comes from France (see the website for some history).

I assume are distributed by Waxine in North America (though the mother company is called LakeOne):

The stain is ”#4 Merisier” which is the french for wild cherry wood however on the can it just says cherry. You can tell it’s made to distribute in Canada – on the website and printed on the can in caps warns us to “KEEP FROM FREEZING”....

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 12:13 PM

twenty more and you have a real storing system :-)
niice first try and it ainĀ“t bad at all


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#13 posted 03-28-2010 12:40 AM

Ideal, really fit for its purpose. This has a good basic honesty and integrity about it. A box for tools is going to get some knocks, fussiness wouldn’t be appropriate. Good work.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 06-06-2010 12:11 AM

So that’s what a crappy box should look like ….I’d love to have a couple crappy boxes for my miscellaneous tools : ) Keep up the good work : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#15 posted 06-06-2010 01:17 AM

It works for me good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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