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Project by Philip posted 1011 days ago 3377 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.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#1 posted 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

Looks like It could be a heirloom box.

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#6 posted 1011 days ago

Nice job! Cool story.

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

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#7 posted 1011 days ago

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

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#8 posted 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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


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#11 posted 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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

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#14 posted 1011 days ago

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 1011 days ago

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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