Oak Box for work

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Project by SteveKorz posted 03-29-2008 07:54 PM 3189 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 5 years ago, I built this oak box that gets seatbelted in the back seat to hold my paperwork. We have too much other equipment in the trunk to hold the paperwork! This pic is from today, so the box is about 5 years old. It’s been beat half to death from the ciminals that set in back with it from their kicking, screaming, and spitting, but the box has held up really well. It’s made from 3/4 white oak with a solid piano hinge. I chose to screw the sides together at the time with some glue, and wood plugs to hide the heads… simply for durability. The inside of it has 1/4 dados for easy placement of paper dividers. I burned the Illinois State Police seal with my District number and location on the lid. I need to take it back out and cover burn it to darken it again, scrape everything down and reapply a finish. Someday I may make another one, but this one is going to have to wear out or break first.

Up close, you can see that the woodburning needs to be re-darkened, as it’s starting to fade some. When it was brand new, it sure looked nice.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 08:49 PM

And I thought that you were just kidding about the criminals comment. (Actually I would have expected a car seat or two to be honest.) But I see you were serious.

This is a nice box and the fact that it has held up so well is a reflection of the craftmanship that went into its construction.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 09:08 PM

My one nephew is a Trooper and the other is a traveling repairman. Both carry tons of books and tech manuals. This is a great way to keep organized and protect your paperwork. The dividers are simple and quite effective…good idea.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 09:29 PM

Very sturdy looking box, and great job on the burning!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 09:39 PM

Maybe you should make up a brochure of hand made coffins to show your criminal clientele, asking which one would they like. Maybe a good deterrent. I also love that you carry the good book in there too. Tell them you personally know God and he’s sending them a message and your are it.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 01:39 AM

Nice looking job. I glad I don’t see a spot for a radar gun!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Will Mego

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#6 posted 03-30-2008 02:13 AM

I like this box, I love that it’s so functional and useful, yet shows care and the burning is really nice. Kudos from a fellow Illinois woodworker! (And thanks for your service)

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#7 posted 03-30-2008 03:14 AM

when you said the criminals in the back were kickin, screamin, and spittin, i thought you were talkin about your kids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nice work

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 05:10 AM

Bradford- I like the idea of the hand made coffins… one of my last Master Sergeant’s used to refer to my wooden box as my coffin. After I built it, others started doing similar things like it, and she used to say that the parking lot at headquarters looked like a graveyard with all the coffins… lol…

Gary- the Radar unit is mounted on the front and rear dash, the laser radar sits in the front seat with me… out of luck there …. lol..

Thanks for the comments guys, I appreciate them

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 09:04 AM

Hi Steve

Have office will travel. Great idea you had there. Wood burning adds a personal touch to it. Thanks for posting.

Criminals kick, scream and spit? The heck you say! And when they get to prison they kick, scream, spit and throw Poo-Poo.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 05-22-2008 10:05 PM

I like the Instruction Manual you there – the ultimate reference no matter where you are. I think I’d like to copy your box design to organize the cab of my truck as well. Nice job!

-- Tim, Fresno, Ca

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#11 posted 05-22-2008 11:34 PM

Lots of jobs have lots of paperwork. Nice job of organizing yours.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#12 posted 05-22-2008 11:45 PM

guess i better get me a lumberjocks sticker for my bumper before i drive thru your town ! lol nice job on the box steve , i thought the seal was a decal at first great job on that too ,

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#13 posted 05-23-2008 09:12 AM

LOL… thanks

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 05-23-2008 01:42 PM

I could use one of those for my car. I do a lot of traveling and need some organization of papers. Thanks for the post.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 06-13-2008 05:15 PM

Nice , & also useful box.

Maybe you can get the state patrol to have you furnish these for all of their cars.

The only bad thing about it, you may have to quit your regular job.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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