|Project by rilanda||posted 07-24-2012 06:37 PM||2719 views||11 times favorited||14 comments|
Made in 2006 for a very good friend. He is an engineer and had bought a very expensive socket set but over a short period of time the PLASTIC tool “box” had collapsed with broken hinges and clasp, he brought this monstrosity to me to see if I could repair it. It was not possible to make an effective repair but I made a temporary repair and while the sockets were in my possession took all the necessary details of the sockets and driver bits in preparation to make a replacement box for him without his knowledge. A couple of weeks late after convincing him to bring in the sockets for another inspection I presented him with the above tool box. Made in American white Oak the box had to contain 18 long driver bits, 18 short driver bits and two square drive sockets. The box was designed with the short bit and long bit kept on the same spindle, each spindle could be tilted up to allow easy extraction of the long bit, by pressure being applied on the short bit. All the spindles were suspended on a single 3 mm diameter brass rod to provide the pivot centre. The two sockets are held in drilled socket positions at each end of the box. The size and type of each driver was shown on an indicator panel at the end of each driver position. the inside of the box lid was fitted with a 6mm thick soft foam pad the kept the drivers in place when the lid was shut and the box was in transit. The top of the box was incised with the owners initials that were filled with a hard black wax before the box was finished with 1 coat cellulose sander sealer and 3 coats melamine lacquer.
photo 1:- complete box with lid open shows foam pad the indicator panel. 2:- Closed box 3:- shows the spindle tilt to allow easy withdrawal of the long driver bit. 4:- open box 5:- top of the box showing carved initials.
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