|Project by levan||posted 06-02-2010 02:50 AM||3307 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
Portable tool box
I worked out of this tool box for about 20 years. Always found it to be very convenient to work out of and I never left any tools behind at the job site. There are several people in my area with like chest and I have even made some for other people I worked with. It is not that heavy when loaded and it is very easy to carry with the suit case handle.
For the case carcass I chose to use ½” white oak with dovetailed corners and ¼” white oak plywood . To fasten the tool holding brackets in place I used 1/8” birch ply fit to the inside of the case. Then screwed though the ply into the back side of the brackets. Then the panels are surrounded with ¼”x ½”stops screwed on to the sides. That way I could replace or change the brackets if needed without messing up the outside of the case. The case when closed measures 5 ¾” thick x 22” wide and 30 ½” tall.
The finish I used was lacquer. It actually held up pretty well over the years. The lower cabinet which is on wheels I just used in the shop. It was made out of mostly scrap lumber poplar framing , glued up maple drawer fronts and walnut for the handles. At the shop I also had a pencil sharpener and bracket for an orbital sander and rolls of sanding disk mounted on the top of lower cabinet. If I was to build another one I guess about the only thing that I might change would be some of the tool holding brackets. We also had tall cabinets near by for routers, bits and other power tools. I guess I like to keep everything close by.
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