Maple Plywood Fixture Storage Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-20-2013 07:17 PM 2895 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a storage box to keep my old fixture and it’s new collet and bushings together. It is made from 1/2” maple plywood. First I lock miter cut all the edges and made it into a closed rectangular box. Then I cut the contour on the bandsaw and started designing the components to hold all the accessories.

I made this grinding/milling fixture back in 1969 and I used 2J collets from the Hardinge lathe at Western Electric in Montgomery , Ill. It was used to hold pieces for grinding or milling 2,3,4,or 6 sides very accurately.( The 4th photo shows it in use). When I left there in 1970 I never had access to these collets so the fixtures was stored in this leopard rag all these years. I had several occasions that I needed it but did not have any collets. I went on line to buy a set and got a shock. They were from $63 to $104 each!!!!! So I got some steel from my good friend , George Armstrong, and made a universal collet and nylon bushings to changes sizes. Now I needed to keep all this stuff together and this box was designed to do that.

I used two small pieces of maple to make a holder for the wrench. There is a dowel in the center to store the fixture on with the collet inside and the back nut on.. The two lift out side racks are cherry and bored to hold 16 bushings like poker chips. I only have 5 bushings so far. If I make other special sized bushings, they could be made of hardwood just as well as nylon. The handle on top is maple also- it is screwed and glued onto the lid. I added a brass locating pin in front at the seam to keep it aligned side to side in case the hinges would not be set exactly right. I really did not need it. There were no drawings for this- just a sketch that the inside of the box had to be 4×4 1/2×8. It was a design on the fly project.

The box is finished with Zar cherry stain and spray clear satin finish.

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

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 07:25 PM

Very nice box Jim.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 07:47 PM


COOL technique…

Nice job!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 07:56 PM

Very nicely done—great looking box. I really like specialty designed interiors for tools and dies. The contour top you cut on the bandsaw came out super.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 08:12 PM

Nice storage box Jim. I like the curved sides for the lid and bottom. Top notch as always.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 08:45 PM

I’m a sucker for boxes – this one speaks to me. NICE job Jim.
You must have made inside 45 degree miters for the corners/edges of your box.
Nice detail and thanks for showing how you got that lovely curve on the bandsaw.
Going to add a similar box to my project list to store some items I have.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 08:52 PM

Very Nice work there Jim.

It fits together very well
A question, did you lock miter the top and bottom as well it appears in the text this was the case?

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 06-20-2013 08:56 PM

Nice one, Jim.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 06-20-2013 10:23 PM

Good looking and very functional.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 06-20-2013 11:00 PM

Looks the real deal to me Jim, you sure don’t do things by half :) a lot of detail in the compactness of the design, top job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 06-20-2013 11:07 PM

How did you make the signature / text in the inside of the top?
Beautifull box!!


-- Bas, Holland

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 06-20-2013 11:56 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I’m glad it came out so well,too. I’ll post a shot of the fixture in use when the time comes to use it. I can’t wait!!
Robscastle, I used a lock miter bit on all the edges. I had it set so the top and bottom locked into the front and the back and then there were all males on the sides and they fit into all females on the sides and the bottom and top as the last pieces to glue in.

Bas, I branded in the Made in USA lines and then signed with a fine tip magic marker.


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

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#12 posted 06-21-2013 12:10 AM

Neat box Jim, very comfy keeping the sexes together??

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#13 posted 06-21-2013 01:55 AM

Nice box Jim…..keep everything in its place….:)

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 06-21-2013 02:44 AM

Very Nice Work Jim!
I particularly like the “Poker Chip” style holders, those are Great!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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