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Project by Clung posted 11-04-2010 04:23 AM 2736 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed something to get my planes and chisels off the bench and after seeing some of the boxes being posted began playing with SketchUp and came up with a few ideas. I liked the idea of the Japanese style lid, and added a modification of a leather-hinged cleat that locks the lid from sliding. Found a few suitable boards by scrounging in the scrap wood pile and planed them down to 1/2 inch stock. Not top quality workmanship but I got to spend a few evenings in the shop practicing some joinery. Thanks to LJ’s Mafe and ChrisinOttawa for the inspiration.

-- Clarence

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 04:47 AM

I like that box. I have been accumulating some tools to give to one of my sons for his first tool set and I was contemplating building him a tool box and give him the tools for Christmas. This gives me some ideas for the tool box.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 05:09 AM

That came out fantastic. Clever use of the leather to make a bit of a slide lock. Is there any mechanism to lock the drawer in place when it is closed?

-- Galootish log blog,

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Orion Woods

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 07:16 AM

looks good, made one I’ll post soon, not 100% happy with it but that probably the perfectionist in me. I too like the use of leaather as a hinge/locking mechanism, nice touch

-- Brian

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 02:45 PM

It’s a beautiful toolbox you have made there! I love the idea that you combined the Englsih and the Japanese tool boges in one – clever!
Your leather hinge give it a touch of old school that I think is really elegant.
Wauuuuu it’s just perfect on the picture where I look down on the planes!
Love it!
Thank you so much for mentioning me, I’m always so happy when I can be at some inspiration.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 04:03 PM

Thats a very cool tool box great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 06:09 PM

Thanks for the comments – swirt – I never got it figured out how to lock the drawer with the top lid as it is. Still pondering that one….

-- Clarence

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 07:28 PM

Nice box Clung,
just drill a hole and slip a long dowel in from the inside.


-- 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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#8 posted 11-04-2010 07:46 PM

I really like your box. Thank you for sharing the diagram for how you built it.

-- Russ

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 07:53 PM

That is a beautiful tool box and I like it very much. You have done an excellent job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 09:22 PM

Clung I was pondering a small wedge that would go down through a small hole in the floor of the box that would press against the back wall of the drawer. Reach in and pull the wedge out to open the drawer, slide the wedge in when you need to secure the drawer for moving it. You could actually tether it to the inside of the lid, so when you take the top off, it would pull the wedge out with it.

The inside wedge came to mind only because it would be a shame to add anything to the outside of the box and ruin the simple lines.

oops…just Read alba’s post, similar idea.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 09:44 PM

Thanks alba and swirt for your ideas – I’m trying to come up with something along those lines. I don’t want it to interfere with the chisels in the drawer, so a wedge might work better than the rod because it would also aid in displacing anything that was lying at the back of the drawer. Good ideas!

-- Clarence

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#12 posted 11-04-2010 10:33 PM

If you are concerned about it impinging on the chisels, you could probably have it engage the side of the drawer or the back and actually seat in the wood. If you went that route, the dowel would probably be easier…. especially installing it now, after it is all assembled.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 11-04-2010 10:36 PM


Like nothing I’ve seen before.

Wasn’t ready for that … based on the subject line of “toolbox” :-)

Great job !

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 11-04-2010 11:55 PM

Well done Clung. The carving makes that toolbox alive :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#15 posted 11-05-2010 12:11 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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