Tool box & more Cutting Boards & Branding Iron

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Project by Ken90712 posted 1565 days ago 2679 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well for those that know me, it’s clear this Back-yard remodel has been taking alot of my time. (almost done)

I have been taking a “Intro Woodworking Class at Cerritos Collage.” (it’s required too take they’re more advanced classes :<( ... )

This was the final exam required. I made this Tool-box out of Hard maple and Black Walnut I had left in my shop. I laminated the handle and the ends are box joints as I’m sure you know. I have a sliding tray that I incorporated in the box. The dimensions of the box are roughly 20 inches by 10. Not sure I’ll use this, but I do like it.

My wife has been on me about buying a Branding Iron for all the projects I make and sell. After much discussion of me feeling its was a waste of 90 bucks I finally bought one. I’m still learning the timing and burn rate, but I must thank her! I love it and it adds even more pride applying this to something you have made.

These are 3 more cutting boards going into the finish stage today for orders from customers. Can’t seem to make these fast enough.

Boy it feels good to get some time in the shop!

Thx for looking and all comments and improvement ideas welcome.

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

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#1 posted 1565 days ago

Nice looking projects Ken, the cutting boards and tool box are first rate work.

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#2 posted 1565 days ago

Nice bro, how does a brother not even get one of the boards? Hahaha good to see your skills

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#3 posted 1565 days ago

That’s one gorgeous tool box, Ken! I’d be afraid to use such a fine piece of work. Nice cutting boards, too.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 1565 days ago

very nice looks like a Cerritos college project. I love the cutting boards. great job keep up the good work

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 1565 days ago

Very nice tool box and cutting boards. Let the fun begin…The branding iron was a good idea. I just bought one a few weeks ago and am glad I did. Especially glad I bought the electric one.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 1565 days ago

Wow awesome job on the tool box and the cutting boards. I have not bought me on of those branding iron yet, some of my friends said i ought to mark it some how. iI love the way it personalize your project. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 1565 days ago

Dang man, that tool box is way too pretty to be used as a tool box for a fella!!!!;-)

A suggestion: After using the branding iron lightly sand the area to remove the burn/smoke marks that are visible around the branded area. I do this when I use my wood burning tool and it makes the work much sharper! Just don’t sand too much!

Great job on your projects, I’m impressed!

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 1565 days ago

Nice work. The tool box looks too good to use for tools! I am gald to hear there are still some colleges that teach woodworking. I live in Santa Cruz and none of the local colleges teach woodworking.

-- PS. "Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." R. Bach

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#9 posted 1565 days ago

Very nice boards and tool tote!

Maybe you should make a custom divider for the inside of the box (and tray?), and use it to keep all of your measuring and marking tools in one place? I’d sure be proud to have that living on my workbench.

I too have considered buying or making a branding iron. My only suggestion might be to move the ‘brand’ to the edge of the piece—to me, it felt like Toyota had put their emblem right in the middle of the windshield. :)

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 1565 days ago

Your work looks really good.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#11 posted 1565 days ago

Did you pass the class ?

Nice Work !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#12 posted 1565 days ago

Nice toolbox man! That is how every woodworker’s toolbox should look. It shows that the carrier is capable and proud of what he does. I made something similar nearly 20 years ago, still have it, still use it, does show the signs of time. You wont believe how much work that box got me: ” If his toolbox looks like that, he must do real quality work.”
Please use it Ken. The inevitable scratches will just add character!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#13 posted 1565 days ago

Number one in my book… You are right about the brand… I too agonised about it but now … It just adds a hint professionalism to the work…and your work is definitely professional…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#14 posted 1565 days ago

Beautiful great job

-- Custom furniture

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#15 posted 1561 days ago

very cool box, excellent craftmanship,now if I can get my girlfriend to by me a stamp that would be really cool.

-- RStadler

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