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Project by llwynog posted 05-06-2011 12:10 PM 3178 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first projects I was really proud of.
A box to store and carry around carving gouges. In the end, I don’t really carry around this box but you never know.

It is made from oak (sides) and American black walnut (which is a pretty exotic wood around here). I got the walnut from the father of a friend who works in a biological garden and had to fell the dead tree down.

Dovetails were done with the router, I did not have enough confidence to cut them by hand then.

This box works well, all blades are separated from each other so they don’t bang on one another.
It is just starting to get too small now and I have been forced to select which gouges were deemed worthy enough to sleep in the box at night.

I always mean to mark the end of the gouge handles with the profile of the gouge to locate them easily when they are in the box, but now I am used to it and know by habit where they are.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather





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mafe

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#1 posted 05-06-2011 12:14 PM

This is so middleage wonderful – I love it.
Any guy that comes with a box like this will get the full attention and respect.
Beautiful work there.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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Maveric777

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#2 posted 05-06-2011 02:13 PM

Very nice work. Welcome to Lumber Jocks…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Rustic

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#3 posted 05-06-2011 03:27 PM

Nice work indeed

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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rkoorman

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#4 posted 05-06-2011 05:18 PM

Are those Stubai-tools??

-- http://thewoodworkersattic.blogspot.com/

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llwynog

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#5 posted 05-06-2011 05:27 PM

Yes rkoorman, they are Stubai gouges (most of them). In the back I keep my Japanese chisels and in the left I used to keep my junk chisels which got replaced by more Stubai gouges and Japanese chisels.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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cmmyakman

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#6 posted 05-06-2011 07:57 PM

You have every right to be proud of that box. Very nice.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 05-07-2011 11:06 AM

That is such a sweet Tote
Matters not if you carry it, it shows respect for the tools

The leather strap is another nice touch.

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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Brit

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#8 posted 05-09-2011 01:17 PM

How did I miss this? I must be spending too much time on eBay and not enough on LJs.

Wonderful project which not only shows your carving and woodworking skills, but as Jamie said, respect for your tools.

I love it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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llwynog

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#9 posted 05-09-2011 01:45 PM

Jamie, Andy,

I have always been told that if you care for your tools, they will care for you (to the exception maybe of that ungrateful router who is well known for eating bits of wood that it had no right to claim).
It is maybe a little bit corny but still I like the idea.

Close to where I live, there is the journeyman museum where you can see past journeymen’s work-of-art (chef d’oeuvres): the grand pieces that they would be asked to produce before they could become Masters. You can see a lot of their tools also, these tools are renowned to be extremely fine and highly decorated.
My skills are nowhere near as that of a journeyman but I like the concept of beautiful tools.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 05-09-2011 01:59 PM

Fabrice, so true

I use tools of my father and grandfather

When I buy a tool, I buy what I consider the best

Not always the most expensive

An example would be my Marples Irwin Chisels

I always bought Marples before

I always give my chisels to any of my trainees who qualify

I’ve had many sets over the years and all those who got

a set, still treasure them

Perhaps I should buy a “Better” set, but then would I want

to pass them on?

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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Brit

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#11 posted 05-09-2011 02:01 PM

llwynog – I couldn’t agree more. The router for most would be hand tool woodworkers is a necessary evil, as the alternative is a shelf full of molding planes, rebate planes, plough planes etc. Although I’ve been using a router for a long time and I have a nice Dewalt, I’m always concious that the slightest wobble could ruin my work.

I too like beautiful tools and enjoy using them immensely. Recently I’ve been restoring some old saws and planes and am having to rectify other people’s abuse of these tools. I’ve been swearing a lot too :-). I hope that whoever buys my tools when I’m gone, will appreciate the fact that I looked after them.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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darkhollow

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#12 posted 05-10-2012 08:10 PM

What a great solution to the problem of portable tool storage and transport. I’ve been trying to figure out something for this job, and may well make something based upon your idea.

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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Druid

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#13 posted 12-14-2013 06:09 PM

Fantastic. I should have commented on this earlier. Am I correct in assuming that you also did the leather carving?

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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llwynog

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#14 posted 12-14-2013 07:19 PM

Indeed. I like working with leather although I did not have the opportunity to do so recently.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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