New box for old jig

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Project by Tooch posted 04-08-2013 03:49 PM 2431 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased the Kreg pocket hole Master set about 2 years ago. The only problem is, that’s roughly the equivalent of 25 years of use for teenagers. Within the first year the hinges on the original plastic box were cracked, and within 2 years I couldn’t get the case to shut. I saw that Kreg came out with a giant toolbox (with lots more room than the original case) but I couldn’t bring myself to spend the school’s money on something I could easily make.

So, as the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention”- I grabbed some pieces of pine from our scrap pile and threw this together. Each piece has its own home, and now the students can actually put the jig away easily when they are done. There is also a small piece that I routed for the drill bit and drive bit on the left.

Since I engraved the lid with our laser, I didn’t want to stain it. I did, however, decide to paint the inside (there were several blemishes that needed covered) and used 3 coats Arm-R-Seal rub-on poly.

Hopefully this one lasts longer than the plastic version- thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 04:17 PM

And ingenuity is invention’s father! Nice job.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 04:39 PM


-- Joe

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 04:55 PM

That is a nice set up. I may be borrowing something like that for our jig set at work. I have verything thrown in a plastic storage container now.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 05:55 PM

It would have been nice had they made the original box as well as this one. The label was a nice touch.


-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 06:56 PM

Great job

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 04-08-2013 07:26 PM

Nice job on the box joints! I like the lid too.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#7 posted 04-08-2013 07:42 PM

Nice job – your box joints are outstanding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 07:56 PM

What’s not to like?
I love it. And a place for everything makes cleanup faster.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 08:57 PM

Very well done, sir! It may even inspire some of your students to do a similar thing with their own tools (once they get them) rather than simply “throwing” them into a red plastic tool box!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#10 posted 04-08-2013 11:41 PM

Well that was a good effort. Came out nice. I like the look of the hinge stopping a couple of inches from each end. I was gonna ask how you got the logo to look so good, scan it and then trace it out with a drawing program? I’m not to savvy regarding lasers and cnc’s, etc.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#11 posted 04-09-2013 06:20 AM

Great job. What kind of laser did you use?

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 04-09-2013 09:34 AM

@hoss12992 – We have a VersaLaser with a 12×16” table. nothing really big, but perfect for stuff like this. we use CorelDraw X6 as the program to run it, and there is also a specific control program for the laser itself.

@davidroberts – I just found a really high resolution photo online. you can filter through results on google by using the search tools, I didn’t ask for permission to use it, but its free advertising for Kreg so I hope they don’t mind. The text below was just a free font I downloaded

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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