|Project by bluemax||posted 06-17-2012 02:14 PM||2749 views||11 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve been in need of a toolbox for quite some time but I’ve never seen one that meets my requirements at a price I can afford. I saw a great tool box in a back issue of Wooden Boat that was close. I took that design and bluemaxified it and this is the result. It’s 2 ft. long X 1 ft. wide and 10 inches high. It was important to me that I be able to lock the box and keep everything secure so I built a lockable lid that wasn’t in the original design. There are drawers in either end for screwdrivers, chisels and other small things and they were held in place while moving around by the lower extensions to the handle. I thought about it and decided to drill a hole through the side of the box and into the drawers. I put a length of wire hanger in there and it effectively locks the drawers in place preventing theft. You have to unlock the tool bay to get access to the wire hangers so one small lock protects the whole box.
I also like contrast in the things that I make so the top is finished with a very refined looking teak veneer. The box is finished with a crackle paint job using grey and green paint. The grey went on first and the crackle finish went on next day. Later I overcoated in green and the crackle happened. The resulting contrast between the refined teak and the distressed box is very pleasing and I have an instant antique. It looks like it was my great grandfathers toolbox. The toolbox looks great but the paint covers up all the dovetails that went into the carcass of the box.
-- Bluemax - Risk is necessary!