Carving Tool Box

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Project by Phil32 posted 10-07-2018 06:15 PM 851 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a box for the woodcarving tools I might be using on a current project, something that would keep them from clashing together. This wooden vanity case had the right dimensions: 8” x 12” x 3-1/2”. I stripped the green paint to reveal butternut on the lid, so I carved a Wayne Barton design with an “A” monogram into the top. The center divider keeps the tools from shifting, preventing the cutting edges from contacting the box end or each other. The box holds 22 full-size Pfeil (Swiss Made) gouges and two knives, plus a slipstone.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#1 posted 10-07-2018 06:42 PM

Very nicely carved!

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#2 posted 10-07-2018 07:04 PM

Well done Phil. Did you also do the work on the sides? I like the Initial.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 10-07-2018 07:57 PM

That looks great

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#4 posted 10-07-2018 08:12 PM

Well done Phil. Did you also do the work on the sides? I like the Initial.

- Druid

Yes, the top was plain and flat before carving. Wayne Barton made the entire design with various monograms including the leafy embellishments.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#5 posted 10-07-2018 09:13 PM

Nice compact design. Easy to keep track of your tools when you want to work on a project. Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 10-08-2018 01:34 AM

Excellent! One of my friends is looking at cutting all his palm tools into some sort of similar handle shape in order to make them into kits for when he goes to classes around the country. I thought about doing the same, and went through a bunch of design exercises. The outcome was that if I cut a Pfeil palm chisel down in diameter, my ham hands will have nothing left to grip. In fact, if I were to make all of them 1-3/4” diameter (larger than the current sizes), I’d not be squinching my hand down so much. Heh, I won’t be turning any of mine down. Don’t want to build yet another chest…

I may follow your lead and look into making some small chests or a box or two for an assortment, like you did.

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#7 posted 10-08-2018 10:20 AM

Nice home for your tools!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#8 posted 10-08-2018 01:27 PM

I can only imagine the satisfaction of this type of carving work!

Nice job with the layout… nesting the gouges made for a very compact box.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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