|Project by DanoP||posted 07-24-2012 04:13 AM||2311 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
I had a couple of tools I have made and use a lot (and am actually kinda proud of) and decided to make a box for them. I started out with just a simple box and then it went down hill from there. I didn’t like them rattling around and i didn’t like having to squeeze my fingers into the bottom to get my marking knife. I decided to make raised platforms for the knives and for the shaft of the awl but what to do with all of that wasted space. Answer – little compartments using felt for the hinges and magnets to hold the metal bits.
At this point, the box became a true prototype.. and I grabbed some scraps for the platforms
End result is the idea is sound but… well… let’s say that I learned a lot.
1) African Mahogany looks a lot better with finish on it than it does dry. I had no idea the wood looked this good.
2) The magnets work great
3) Measure 8 – 10 times before cutting for your splines
4) The fabric hinge idea is OK but not with the self adhesive felt. Leather or suede would be perfect
5) Don’t change horses in the middle of the stream. I had a nice box going and then came the famous last words… “hey, I have an idea”
6) Don’t prototype on a nice box… prototype on scraps.
7) Using self adhesive felt will allow you to develop an entire new vocabulary of expletives
I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this box but armed with the above, I am going to make another one using suede. I love the idea but… well… yeah… the execution was flawed.
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