Tool Boxes,Walnut & Mahogany

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The mahogany box I built about 3 years after the walnut box. With this one I used a tambour front cover,cut-outs instead of drawer pulls,and I added a full height section to the back. All the raised panels are book-matched and each one is mirrored on the opposite side,and the drawer fronts have a design(diamond) using the grain of the wood.This design repeats on the lower section. The drawers are red oak sided but still ride on maple runners. The first three years of its life my wife would not let it out of the house-said it was to nice to be in the shop.Finally,was able to get it into the shop to stor my tools. All the drawers are lined with felt.

The first two pics are a walnut tool box I built about 35 years ago.It has been in almost continual use.The drawers are pine with walnut faces.They ride on maple runners with a little candle wax to make them smoooth.
Hope you enjoy.Comments good and bad always welcome.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 08:16 PM

looks really nice!

I think there is nothing wrong with having a nice looking boxes and other ‘furniture’ in the shop. I think of it this way – I put time and effort in building in anyway, so why not go the extra step and make it also look pleasing to the eye? the work is going to be about the same but the end result – so much better!

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

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 09:38 PM

well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 10:29 PM

Fantastic. They must be real awesome to see person.
After i’ve seen how great these wooden toolcarts look i don’t think i could ever buy another metal one.
(PurpLev has a great one aswell, an intant classic)
thanks for sharing your work

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 09-24-2011 12:00 AM

I can’t even fit drawers that nice in my dreams Tom.
And, I agree with Sharon. If you are going to make such a nice piece, you might as well make nice looking as well.
Your level of craftsmanship speaks for itself.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#5 posted 09-24-2011 02:05 AM

WOW, they are all very sharp, great craftsmanship and stylish classey looks, after 35 yrs the tool collection must be great, Your work is very outstanding, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#6 posted 09-24-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice! 35 years proof positive.

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#7 posted 09-24-2011 03:01 AM

very Nice!! Both are impressive. They should easily last another 35 years.

-- Rob, You have failed if you have not tried.

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#8 posted 09-24-2011 04:24 AM

Beautiful. Makes Gerstner boxes look shabby in comparison.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#9 posted 09-24-2011 04:17 PM

impressive toolbox´s

thank´s for sharing :-)


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#10 posted 09-25-2011 02:49 AM

Very nice! I have a question- how have you found the longevity of the slides? Seems like they would wear too quickly, but you’re still using the boxes decades later.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 09-25-2011 06:49 PM

Hi all,
Thank you for all of the positive comments they are much appreciated. It’s sorta funny in a way that something like a tool box which truly gets a work-out in regard to all aspects of construction and finish,we pay so little attention to.
To answer a couple of questions-particularly about the drawer construction,there is nothing fancy. While they are set up as a lipped drawer front the sides are just nailed and glued. I have used either 1/4” masonite or 1/4” veneered plywood. The only draw back is that if you overload(not me) a drawer the bottom will bow. Because of the materials having dimensional stability all the pieces are glued. On deeper drawers I wil also add glue blocks to the side and front joints.Of course now that I say something about them not coming apart,next time I go to use one it will come apart in my hands!!!(lol) On the walnut box the sides are pine and on the mahogany box the sides are red oak. In both boxes the runners are hard maple. I do occasionaly(when they get “sticky” or every five years-whichever come first) put some candle wax on the runners.
I have not noticed that there has been any significant wear particularly with the pine.
I hope that this answers the questions about the drawers.
Again thank you for the comments.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#12 posted 09-26-2011 04:12 AM


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#13 posted 02-10-2012 04:51 PM

Beautiful chests. Your ‘care’ in the details is self-evident. You must have made some very fine projects over the years. Thanks for sharing these!


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