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Project by Hallagan posted 09-28-2010 09:04 PM 3623 views 25 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this box about 6 months ago, I had realized that if you give me an empty shoebox, I will fill it with tools, If you give me an empty warehouse, I will fill it with tools. This got frustrating when I went to do an install and had to bring six different shoe-boxes just to be sure i had what i needed. I decided to gather only my esensial tools and make a home for each one (the most time consuming part by far), its still a work in progress, i left some space open to evolve as i work with the box. The black walnut was cut and cured by a friend of mine down the road, the joinery is all hand cut, and the catches for the bullet latches are the ends of .38 special shells.

oh… im working in a leather shoulder strap idea. id love some sugestions.





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 09:09 PM

Really nice box, says a lot.
Wish I was organised. :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Hallagan

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 09:13 PM

yeah, that is a plus , i think a lot of old-timers used there box as a buisness card

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swirt

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 09:18 PM

Really nice looking box. Is there an integrated handle I am missing? (Note to self: that would be really cool to have a handle that is hidden to look like an ordinary tool handle, until you grab it then realize it is part of the box).

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Dan

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 09:21 PM

Very nice, looks like it fits a lot.

I had the same problem you did with the boxes. I took a few side jobs this past year doing fix up and remodel type work and I found myself hauling around two tool boxes, a power tool bag and a few plastic shoe box tubs. One box had all my painting tools, another had all my electric work tools, another with my repair and cutting tools… I never did solve the problem. However if I ever take another job like that I should do the same thing and build a box with the main tools that I need.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 09:40 PM

niiice little tooltote you have made

Dennis

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mafe

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#6 posted 09-28-2010 09:44 PM

Wauuuuu, thats one beautiful tool box.
So fine work you have done, and such exelent finish.
My God, I have a long way with those dove tails.
Thats one to die for.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Div

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 09:52 PM

Hey Hallagan, that is one nice box you built! Yes, it is one of the best business cards you can have. I have gotten a LOT of work because of a dovetailed pretty tool tote.
Good going brother!

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

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 11:48 PM

Very nice toolbox :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 03:27 AM

Beautiful tool box. Hows the balance? Is that part of the progress?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-29-2010 03:33 AM

Very cool a great design and beautiful

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 09-29-2010 08:52 AM

Looks good. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 09-29-2010 10:50 AM

Great box, love the grain flow and color. Good thing you mentioned the shoulder strap, I was wondering how you were carrying it. At first I thought it just sat on your workbench. Great Job.

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

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 11:15 AM

I love this tool box and I think that it is a beautiful thing. I would love for you to do a blog post that shows all of your tools laid out where you can see them. This would be educational because it would show what a craftsman such as yourself considers essential on site tools. You’ve done a wonderful job on this box.

I think that Rockler may have some hardware for leather straps. You can probably buy a good shoulder strap from a luggage dealer and could certainly have one made at a shoe shop or saddle maker. I suppose you probably want to make the strap yourself. Anyways, it’s a very impressive tool box. Congratulations.

-- 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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Bluepine38

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#14 posted 09-29-2010 03:26 PM

Just for an idea on a leather carry sling, take a look at some of the slings available for rifles, just a place to start,
but looking at the tool box, once you find a place to start the finish is remarkable. I like the toolbox, I had to
make one for my 5 yearold greatgrandson to carry his tools in when he repairs his various vehicles. He appreciated it, but like a true workman he dicided it was not perfect and informed his mother. Me make a
toolbox. Still waiting for her approval to finish the introduction to my shop.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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DYNO360

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#15 posted 09-30-2010 02:10 AM

Any secret for opening the drawer?

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