Brace Bit storage box

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Project by TheFridge posted 02-26-2018 05:08 PM 1169 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Needed a way to store some brace bits so I could tidy up the tool wall and keep the daily moisture off of them.

Started with some meranti/luaun/cheap mahogany wannabe box and drawer fronts, maple drawer sides, walnut dowels, and cocobolo bun feet and drawer pulls. Hide glue for all casework and pva for the dowels and bottoms.

Drawer bottoms are the biggest pain for me when working with 1/4-5/16ish stock so I wanted to try doweling with 1/8 homemade walnut dowels. I like the look.

Finish is garnet shellac. Brushed on them scraped and padded to a shine. JPW to finish.

The obligatory dovetail on every project that is cut on the wrong side of the line :)

I was gonna flock the inside of the drawers but said hell with it. The bits would probably scrape in off the corners of the respective holders and it would piss me off so I ditched the idea.

Thanks for looking

PS xoxoxo

And it’s really Alder dyed to look like other woods :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 05:11 PM

Looks alder right to me :-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 05:12 PM

Sexy stuff big boy!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 05:13 PM

That looks really nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 05:39 PM

It came out beautifully Fridge. I like the dowels.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 02-26-2018 05:58 PM

Thanks guys, it’s hard to mess up a project with alder :)

Honestly, the hardest part was dividing everything properly. I’ve become a huge fan of the 6” 32nd/64ths machinist rules after this one.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 02-26-2018 06:13 PM

Wonderful craftsmanship! The case is certainly a beauty, and I only wish I had just a few of those fantastic bits.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 02-26-2018 06:19 PM

Looking good.


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#8 posted 02-26-2018 06:25 PM

I would love to have some bit brace sets, they are so cool.

-- “How you feeling, Roy?”... “a little unappreciated, Al...” - Die Hard

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 02-26-2018 07:40 PM

I’ve been thinking something like that will be my next shop-furniture project, but can’t decide if I want the braces to be stored in the same unit or not.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Bill White

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#10 posted 02-26-2018 08:18 PM

Great job. I just wish that I could read/see my machinist’s rule well enough.


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#11 posted 02-26-2018 08:39 PM

Thanks :)

Luckily, I found the 4-16 14pc NOS Irwin set on Craigslist for 60-70$ total with shipping. So I jumped on them :) the others are flea market finds that still need cleaning.

I don’t use them often and don’t want them rusting but when I need them there is no substitute.

I’ll be right there with you one day Bill. I have horrible eyesight.

Dave, sounds like a good reason to build a 2 door with bottom drawer cabinet :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#12 posted 02-26-2018 09:45 PM

Beautiful project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 02-26-2018 10:07 PM

Nice. The dowels look good. Inspired me to start something for my Forster bits.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 02-26-2018 10:31 PM

You did a nice job on this brace bit box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 02-26-2018 10:41 PM

This looks fantastic, I like it a lot.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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