Woodsmith tool box

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Project by Douger posted 07-29-2013 01:05 AM 3530 views 16 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a project I completed 8 or 10 years ago (can’t even remember now)—it was a Christmas gift for my brother. I built it from plans in Woodsmith—it might have been the same issue that had plans for a box-joint jig for the table saw, because I built that, too, and used it to make this toolbox. (I happened to be at my brother’s house this weekend, saw the toolbox, and realized I never kept any photos of it.)

Although I had woodworking tools in mind when I made it for him, my brother has used it instead to keep a collection of treasured fishing lures handed down to him by his late father-in-law.

It’s pretty much all made of 1/4” thick red oak, finished with satin polyurethane. At the time, I believe it was probably the most complicated thing I had built.

If I can remember to look it up, I’ll add the specific issue of Woodsmith that the project came from.

Doug in Kansas

-- Doug, Kansas,

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#1 posted 07-29-2013 02:09 AM

Nice work Doug. That plan came out in issue #63 of Woodsmith from June 1989. I made three of them about 10 or 15 years ago. One for myself and I liked it so much I made two more, one for each of my nephews for Christmas one year. I use mine at work and have since I built it and it is still holding up well, it is an excellent plan.

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#2 posted 07-29-2013 03:36 AM

I like it ,very cool .

-- wood crafting & classes

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#3 posted 07-29-2013 07:24 AM

That’s really nice! And still looking good after all the years ago that you made it.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#4 posted 07-29-2013 10:10 AM

Very nice. Looks perfect for fishing lures.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#5 posted 07-29-2013 10:23 AM

Nice lines with the grain, not a simple task. Great job.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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#6 posted 07-29-2013 10:41 AM

Great looking tool box….all the joinery is perfect..well done.

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

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#7 posted 07-29-2013 10:48 AM

Beautiful work. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 07-29-2013 12:14 PM

Very nicely done, with clean joinery!

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

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#9 posted 07-29-2013 12:58 PM

nice job

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#10 posted 07-29-2013 04:20 PM

I have the same plans and one of these days I’m going to build one for me, too. Maybe out of walnut since I got a chunk of that in the garage.

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 03:00 AM

That is really nice , that is what i want to build. Great job Douger !

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