Classic wooden toolbox

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Project by Navig8r posted 02-07-2011 02:59 PM 6242 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Built these 2 as chiristmas gifts. Pretty easy with the Incra fence system. They’re made out of Hard Maple, and Red Oak. All the pieces for the boxes and the handles came from one piece of each, except the bottoms of the boxes, which are 3/8” birch plywood. All is glued together, with no nails or screws used.
They were built for kids, so I spent a lot of time (relatively) sanding, and finished them with 6 coats of spray Spar poly.
The biggest mistake I made in this project was not making one for me!

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 03:41 PM

These turned out beautiful, a gift that will be cherished a lifetime! What template system did you use for the names? They are crisp!

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 03:42 PM

Great looking boxes. I love the contrasting colors and the simple design

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 05:46 PM

Those look great. I bet the kids loved them.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 02-07-2011 06:04 PM

Good looking tool boxes. Very nicely done. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 07:18 PM

Thanks for the compliments everyone!!
JFobare—> I actually did them free-hand with the router.. sort of….... I printed out the names in a font I liked, on MS Word… I chose a font that didn’t have any “corners” inside the leeter edges, to make it easier. Then I located the center point on the printout, and taped it to the wood, centered and level… Next, i went over the outline of the letters on the paper with a ball-point pen.. pressing firmly, to leave an indent. Then I removed the paper, and traced the indent in the wood with a pencil, which I followed when routing.
The rounded style of the letters makes it easy to touch-up any small routing mistakes, without it being obvious.

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#6 posted 02-07-2011 10:28 PM

nice job well done, so you think a name on the box will sort out all the arguements over the contents?? LOL

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 10:12 PM

I was wondering about how you did the name too. Thanks for the extra info. Great idea.

-- - Helping other woodworker's

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 11:16 PM

Well done, nicely routed names as well!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 08:00 PM

Wow, these are just amazing. Is the handle round or rectangular?
What are the dimensions of the boxes?
Nice work!


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#10 posted 02-24-2011 04:37 AM

Handles are actually oval.. made from scrap cutoffs from the boxes… They are about 8×13 ish, if I remember correctly.

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#11 posted 12-25-2012 03:56 PM

Love them.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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