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Project by PurpLev posted 1290 days ago 8823 views 39 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Custom sized machinist toolbox to house lathe tools including larger quick change tool holders, threading toolings, centers, chucks, and other gauges and machining tools.

I was not able to find any toolbox that would fit some of my tools so decided to make my own, while at it, why not use nicer woods than the more common Oak – so I used Mahogany for the majority of the box with Birdseye Maple for the drawer fronts, and Poplar for the drawers boxes. The pulls are made of Walnut to give it another brown tone contrasting the drawer fronts. Overall size is 18” wide x 10” deep x 14” tall (roughly – was not using a ruler on this project)

This type box is quite challenging as it presents joinery in different orientations to allow the opening on the front for the drawers as well as on top for the top compartment – it most definitely was a good learning experience, and a long project to bring to completion. While not doing woodworking for living, I was able to complete this box from the start to finish in about 3 weeks while working on it almost daily (2-6 hours a day depending on how much time I had to spare).

If you are interested, I blogged the progress here:
Mahogany Machinist Toolbox Blog

Thanks for watching.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 1290 days ago

Absolutely wonderful.

It is so nice and kept to your drawing.

Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

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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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 1290 days ago

Absolutely wonderful.

It is so nice and kept to your drawing.

Thank you for sharing I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

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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SPalm

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#3 posted 1289 days ago

Sweet. Just Sweet.
Congrats on a very nice build.
I want one.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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stefang

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#4 posted 1289 days ago

Very nice work Purplev and very handy too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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kerflesss

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#5 posted 1289 days ago

Great tool chest. Nice build

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#6 posted 1289 days ago

That is awesome.

I just got a free metal machinist chest today and yours is much nicer…want to trade:-)

Honestly, great work man. The craftsmanship is shining through on this chest. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#7 posted 1289 days ago

Now that came out flat out awesome! I been keeping up with your blog on how you did and got to say I would love to have this jewel sitting in my shop. Oh yea… The handles where a killer extra touch.

Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 1289 days ago

I don’t recall seeing: is it African Mahogany ?

Brilliant example of design + execution.

I wonder whether—as I envisioned I might—you learned a lot, in advance, by designing this IN SketchUp.

That’s not a strut, right ? Just a chisel, holding the top open ? Are you thinking about any additional hardware, for the top ?

I very much appreciate those LumberJocks who take the time to blog their process and their progress. Great opportunity for others (me !) to learn.

Just a beautiful box. From start to—literally—finish !

-- -- Neil

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Cory

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#9 posted 1289 days ago

The finished product is just as good as the journey you included us on, Sharon. Great work.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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ChuckV

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#10 posted 1289 days ago

Congratulations. You have certainly created something wonderful. That is both functional and beautiful.

-- “A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.” ― Mark Twain

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 1289 days ago

Great job, Sharon. This looks like another one of those too-nice-for-the-shop shop projects. I especially like the fancy lid support…. pretty cool the way you disguised it as a chisel. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mpounders

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#12 posted 1289 days ago

Beautiful work! I enjoyed your blog and l really enjoy seeing others go through the design/build process…..teaches old dogs new tricks!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Karson

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#13 posted 1289 days ago

Sharon: A great build Nice job and a beautiful piece. You filled the holes in great. Looks like you almost ment to do that.

The locks for the front door, are they self made of a purchased product?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 1289 days ago

thank´s for the reveal of the finished toolbox :-)
it has been a pleasure to follow the blog and see how you did it
well done

take care
Dennis

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#15 posted 1289 days ago

Awesome Job Sharon!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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