Ya think I maybe got a little carried away?

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Project by Ted posted 05-20-2012 05:21 PM 3902 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...and there are 5 more ‘ugly’ toolboxes in my work shop, filled with tools. :D

I didn’t make these all recently, about half of them I had done over the past year or so.

The long one on the top left is my main toolbox, which goes with me everywhere. I recently made a copy of it (dimensionally), which you can see in second row to the right.

That aside, the second pic is my most recent one, made of walnut and with a champferred handle.

btw, the one with the diamond (forefront) went to a good buddy of mine, who now uses it to sort bills and unread mail.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#1 posted 05-20-2012 05:38 PM

What a nice bunch of toolboxes, thanks for the inspiration.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 05:56 PM

And the best part, they’re fun (i.e easy) to make. The trick is to use a really strong wood glue. My preferred glues are Gorilla Glue or Titebond II. They are surprisingly rugged, as I have a few that I’ve been lugging heavy tools (pipe wrenches, small sledge hammers, etc..) around in for several years.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 06:07 PM

You can never have too much storage! The look nice, and useful too.

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 06:55 PM

Hey Ted, you didn’t get carried away, you were just ah….....perfecting the design. ...Right? I like the toolboxes. They are a fairly quick and practical project to make. Better than plastic. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 07:57 PM

Very nice. I used to offer that style of tool box to the students that had completed all their other assignments. If you stop to think about it, Mothers’ Day is before school ends for the summer and Fathers’ Day is after. Not so often does a classroom make something as a class room project for Fathers’ Day. The students had the very best present ever for dad that summer. The construction is thougher than you might think. The boxes you made are very nice.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 07:59 PM

That’s cool, thanks for sharing!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#7 posted 05-20-2012 08:40 PM

Thanks for the comments, everybody. Doug, you may have been kidding but actually you hit the nail on the head. It now takes me about 10 minutes to go from 1/4 sheet of plywood to a toolbox ready for sanding and finishing, and it doesn’t matter what size either. 1X lumber takes a bit longer if I have to glue it up, but not much longer. And the best part is I can do it without measuring anything, unless I want a specific size. Otherwise it’s just fit, mark, cut, bam, done! :))

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#8 posted 05-20-2012 09:16 PM

You be the “tote man”.....nice work!!
Some things I put together using glue exclusively- no fasteners- so I use Titebond III. Just in case it gets wet.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 01:01 AM

Damn Ted, need help finding them a home? LOL. Those are handy I could see myself using a few of these,I like the design its simple but very effective. I have been using Gorilla and titebo for a while and I have never had a joint fail. Great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 02:23 AM


Guys never have too many tool and tool boxes like women never have too many shoes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 06:58 AM

#8 on daily top 15.. Woo hooo! :))

Martin, if it was worth the cost of shipping I would gladly send a couple of them your way.

Big Al, I hate to dispute you but I have too many toolboxes and my girlfriend has too many shoes. Of course, she only agrees with me about the toolboxes.. lol! :)

Jim, I thought TB III was their trim glue.. slow setting to allow for re-positioning. I’ll take a look at it again when I go shopping. I’d prefer to use the most versatile glue, and if that’s III then that’s what I want to use. Thanks for mentioning it.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#12 posted 05-21-2012 07:28 AM

ted sounds like you got this build down .i like em

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 05-21-2012 07:40 AM


They are great

Plenty of uses around the house

I think that they would make great gifts

That will save some shopping

I’ve got to make a shoe rack for 108 pairs of shoes


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 05-21-2012 07:40 AM


I have the perfect solution. Your girlfriend should just store all her shoes into your tool boxes! Problem solved.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 05-21-2012 03:09 PM

my first project in wood shop in the 7th grade was a box kinda like that. but mine looked like crap and yours look great. love them!

-- -Shawn

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