Not Just Any Box Entry: Walnut Tool Box

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Project by Paul posted 01-29-2008 01:45 AM 2690 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure what the week holds in the way of time in the shop to finalize my entry. There will be walnut handles above the drawers, rare earth magnets holding the drawers closed and an adapted jewlery box lock to hold the lid shut. Those details will change the appearance of my entry somewhat but I don’t need the extra pressure this week. I think you can get a good idea of it from these pics.

This is a downsized adaptation of a box shown in Tolpin’s book: The Toolbox Book

Black Walnut, Ash, Poplar, Pallet Oak and Oak ply

Two coats of Deft Satin Spray Laquer

18” long x 14” high x 9.25” wide

I hand-cut the dovetails on the walnut and ash trays. The tray arrangement and tray handles are my own design. I felt pushed for time, so the drawer half-blind dovetails were made with a PC jig. There’s two other drawers on the other end of the box.

I probably won’t stick with the pictured pulls either, but I’ll post completed pictures next month on my blog entry for this box.

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-- Paul, Texas

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#1 posted 01-29-2008 02:00 AM

Nice work. A good looking box.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 01-29-2008 02:17 AM

That looks great! I like the drawers in the end of the box rather in the side. Great dovetails.

Are their drawers in each end or do they go the length of the box?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-29-2008 02:19 AM

and it will contain some fine woodworking tools. Nice.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 01-29-2008 02:38 AM

This is a nice tool box. I especially like the curved lid. It adds a nice element to the box.

Now that you have a new tool box surely you can justify some new tools to go in it.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-29-2008 02:39 AM

A nice box great job.

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

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#6 posted 01-29-2008 02:53 AM

Beautiful wood work!!!!!!!!

-- EPJ,Calif

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#7 posted 01-29-2008 02:59 AM

Very, very nice!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#8 posted 01-29-2008 03:03 AM

Very nice work Paul. Walnut is such a nice wood to work with. Exceptional!

-- Dan

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#9 posted 01-29-2008 03:31 AM

great job!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 01-29-2008 03:39 AM

Beautiful wood, very nice box. Well done dovetails. Good job!

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#11 posted 01-29-2008 04:02 AM

Looks good…. A lot of details in this box.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 01-29-2008 05:28 AM

Gorgeous tool box. I hate to think of trying to cut all those wedge-shaped pieces.

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

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#13 posted 01-29-2008 06:00 AM

looks dandy, Paul. Good work

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 01-29-2008 11:50 AM

Sweet toolbox. I wouldn’t have the nerve to put tools in it…

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 01-29-2008 02:50 PM

A beautiful tool box, & nice design.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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