Tool Box

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Project by AndyBigBoyJones posted 12-16-2011 09:32 PM 1551 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cornerstone project that I made in college at FVTC in Oshkosh, WI. It is a tool box that is made out of Baltic birch plywood. I used ½ inch by ½ inch box finger joints on the sides and they all turned out great. I built it as one big box and then took it over to the table saw and cut it apart to make the top and the bottom because if you have ever tried to make a top and a bottom separately you know that the will very rarely come out to be the same size. After I cut the top and bottom apart I covered the edges that showed the veneer with 3/16 inch by ½ inch strips of genuine mahogany. In order to dress it up a little more I added a L shaped 1X1 strip of African mahogany on the bottom and on top of that I put a ¼ inch bead of mahogany to dress it up even more.On the inside of the lid I also included the mahogany trim. After I had it looking the way that I wanted it I installed the hard ware which is three 2 inch strap hinges, two latches and the handles on the sides I used T nuts to do this so that the screws would not pull out of the wood. The after they were all installed I took it apart and put two coats of a satin catalyzed lacquer on the outside and on the inside.

-- Once and Eagle Scout always and Eagle scout

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 10:13 PM

Very cool box Andy, nicely made.

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 11:43 PM

Very, very nice.
But how did you add the lettering and, even more so, how did you make the ruler? It looks amazingly sharp.

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 11:49 PM

very nice.

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 12:10 AM

Beautiful work!

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 12:20 AM

Very nice! I also would like to know how the lettering and ruler was applied/made.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 01:47 AM

At school we have a laser that can do this. It is a very cool to use because you can take black and white photos and put them on projects and it makes your projects personal.

I would also like to thank you all for all of the complements.

-- Once and Eagle Scout always and Eagle scout

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