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Project by Philip posted 11-22-2011 02:32 AM 3834 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas Present for my brother in law. My wife drew his name this year and decided that he needed tools if he was going to have any “cred” and get the girl (he is in his first year at college)

So came the man kit, she bought the tools and designed the box and I made it out of the same scrap maple butcher block that the rocking chair (previous project) is made out of. We needed a way to attach the lid, and the hardware hinges and clasps looked too dainty, so to avoid looking like a lilly wimp we riveted leather to the lid and used the same leather as the hinge, clasp and handle.

Finish was left natural to age over time.

-- I never finish anyth

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 02:40 AM

That is a really cool design. Very nice gift and I am sure he will like it.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 02:55 AM

so uhmmm .. wheres the thirty pack? Seriously nice kit, nice build, i like the leather quite a bit. Lets hope some good lookin neighbor comes knockin on his door looking for a fix it kinda fella.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 04:38 AM

hmm… should have added some AXE Body Spray for when you break a sweat, and maybe some protection hehe.

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 04:46 AM

I kinda expected it to be full of nothing but duct tape ;)

Nicely done, the leather gives it a great look.

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 07:47 AM

Looks like It could be a heirloom box.

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 12:16 PM

Nice job! Cool story.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 02:30 PM

Love the kit! Neat design. Looks like a great small parts box!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 04:38 PM

Great box and kit, reminds me of college days! Tell him to forget the Axe, no woman in her right mind wants a lungful or taste of those chemicals! Need to add WD-40 pen!

-- Dennis, WV

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#9 posted 11-22-2011 04:39 PM

Very cool. And Manly. Every man needs his kit!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 11-22-2011 05:36 PM

:-) now he will be one step closer to his own mancave
thanks for sharing


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#11 posted 11-22-2011 05:48 PM

Thats going to look nice after a little wear.

Just a suggestion but if you have a extra square of leather, you could rivet that in place of the name tag. You could emboss the letters with some homemade round and square stamps. Or they have leather branding tools.


-- Gerald

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 05:49 PM

hee hee great idea and design, love all the comments too…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 06:33 PM

Yes Jerry’s suggestion. Leather can be “wood”burned quite easily.

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#14 posted 11-22-2011 08:31 PM

lol i was going to say the same about there being only a roll of duct tape in there.

-- Got Wood?

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#15 posted 11-22-2011 08:38 PM

I was expecting protection, bottle opener, card for bail bomdsman…oh wait , that is what was in my kit for college. Nice project.

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