|Project by Boxguy||posted 05-04-2012 10:23 AM||5200 views||20 times favorited||17 comments|
As Lumber Jocks many of you have seen Roy Underhill’s PBS TV show “The Woodwright’s Shop.” Each show starts out with Roy carrying his tool box on a city street and making his way to his shop where he sets down his well-worn tool box on a bench. So I thought I would adapt his tool box concept in a format that I could fit behind the seats of my pickup truck.
This tool box has a central handle, with three sides that are set at a 22 1/2 degree angle and one side that is set at a 90 degree angle. Putting the 90 degree side against your leg makes it easier to carry especially when it is filled with heavy tools. The elongated handle hole lets you slide your hand back and forth in the handle to balance the weight of the load of tools.
It is held together with no metal fasteners. The secret is a sliding dovetail at each of the two outwardly angled ends. The more the weight pulls down on the handle the more tightly the handle is wedged into the box. View five shows the sliding dovetail joint.
The bottom is set firmly into a dado that runs around the inside of the box. Masonite works well here. The corners are glued and then cross splined to reinforce the joints. Assembly is a bit tricky since you start the ends in their sliding dado and then slide in the bottom board, but the bottom doesn’t fit until you drive down the handle to pull the ends inwardly.
My first versions were oak with walnut handle boards. They were beautiful, but really too heavy for most people. The ones pictured here have painted Baltic birch plywood sides. One center board is mahogany the other is cherry.
I found an unexpected market for these. Local weavers like to set them next to their looms for storing bobbins, scissors, and shuttles. Knitters keep skeens of yarn, scissors, and needles in them. Some customers love them as garden totes. At home, I have this one that holds plumbing tools and another filled with electrical tools. If you show up at a Habitat build with your tools in one of these, you immediately get street cred for wood working.
As always thanks for looking and a special thanks to all of you who have taken time to add comments and suggestions.
This is the jig used to cut the sides.
This is the site that explains the process.
It is like building a tray with a sliding miter joint in the middle of it.
-- Big Al in IN