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Project by Tokolosi posted 842 days ago 2458 views 18 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having some time off and no decent wood (nor the funds to buy any) I went scrounging for some packing crates. Gotta love Craigslist. Got three and broke them down. I used this wood to make this toolbox. It was a ‘practise project for me. I have never made anything with joints nor have I ever attempted drawers. Its about 24”x16”x 14”. I identified two distinct types of pine, a resiny wood that may be Eucalyptus and a dense, almost pure white mystery wood. Its finished with Danish Oil. The drawer pulls and lid lifter are off-cuts from cutting board projects.

-- “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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Gabe C.

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#1 posted 842 days ago

Looks really good! I’ve got some time off myself with no budget for wood as well. Checking Craigslist every day. Might have to go after some pallets…
Again, it looks great. Nice job!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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Bufford

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#2 posted 842 days ago

That looks great! I just got a pile of weathered pallets given to me I am going to be disassembling so I can use that wonderful, grayed out stuff to build some custom pieces for my wife.

-- Upstate South Carolina Woodworker

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 842 days ago

Great salvage. This shows that you do not need new lumber to make things ! Good looking tool chest.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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derosa

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#4 posted 842 days ago

Try a repackaging plant for pallets, especially an industrial one. I’ve gotten really nice red and white oak, cherry, maple, and birch in amazing sizes.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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HamS

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#5 posted 842 days ago

If you can find a metal processing service company in your area they almost always have great pallets. It is easier and cheaper for them to throw them out than to recycle and reuse. One of my clients that cut coils of stainless steel into smaller pieces for sink makers etc. used green white oak for all their pallets. The five ton coils came on 4×4 oak pallets. I still have some of them waiting for the right moment.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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#6 posted 842 days ago

Nice looking tool box.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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doncutlip

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#7 posted 842 days ago

Awesome toolbox, neat design, great joints, I really like it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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BTKS

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#8 posted 841 days ago

Great looking project, especially for a practice project!!! Good luck on running out of time off!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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ed220

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#9 posted 841 days ago

Cool looking piece. Gotta love the reclaim !! Great job !!

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3Gwoodguy

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#10 posted 841 days ago

Great job…love the repurposing of pallets!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#11 posted 841 days ago

Nice tool box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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vakman

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#12 posted 841 days ago

Slick project. Great reuse of “waste” wood, must have been a lot of fun to build.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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Tokolosi

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#13 posted 841 days ago

Thanks to all for the kind comments. It was a really fun project. I will try those tips about where to find pallets tha are made with hardwood.

-- “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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Shawn O'Kelley

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#14 posted 836 days ago

I too love using pallet wood. From your description of the “Dense White Mystery Wood”, I am led to believe you have encountered Sweetgum. I run into it often while reclaiming pallets and shipping crates.

-- "Luck is the bastard child of Preparation and Opportunity" ~Watkinsville, Georgia~

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Tokolosi

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#15 posted 835 days ago

Shawn if you are right I am cutting down that messy Sweetgum in my front yard tomorrow and milling it up for project stock! It was reallt nice wood to work with. Ripped like butter, sanded easy, but dense and solid. And because it was so white it took the stain really well.

-- “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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