|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-03-2013 05:05 AM||4408 views||23 times favorited||25 comments|
Thanks, to all who take time to look at projects. I always enjoy reading and replying to questions and comments from you out there in Lumberland. Perhaps you have suggestions about how to improve this Chainsaw “Box.”
There is a list of tutorials on specific box building techniques at the end of this posting. I will respond to all who “have your say” in the next 24 hours. So check back for feedback.
Pictured is my well-worn, portable (32×8 x 7) box designed to hold all the things you need to keep a chainsaw cutting in the woods. It holds mixed fuel, bar oil, bearing greaser, ax, wedges, screwdriver, wrenches, spare plug, spare chain, file, electric sharpener, chip brush, rags, and spare nuts. For the past 30 years this box has served me well. If it is in the truck or hanging by its rope on my tractor, I know I can keep cutting and not make time-wasting trips back to the barn or the shop. I have been cutting trees and firewood for 30 years with the same Echo 440 EVL chain saw as well. In fact, this box and my chainsaw are holding up much better to the task than I am.
Story: Neighbor Jim helped me fell two rotting trees that threatened my 80 year old barn. His powerful saw and long bar made quick work of these large trees. He liked my Chainsaw Companion and so I made him a copy of this box as a thank you.
Construction Hints: This box is not elegant, but it is utilitarian. It is made of 3/4 exterior plywood. All of the joints are glued with Tightbond’s waterproof glue and nailed with 2 1/2 inch finish nails. I rounded all the corners and edges because sometimes I just can’t help myself. I go router crazy.
The bottom is dadoed and glued into the sides. All the dividers are dadoed, glued and nailed. The 20 inch tapered verticals that hold the ax have 2 inch holes. The end flap should be tall enough to touch and hold the ax, but not too tall to keep you from turning your ax sideways and removing it from the holes. I recommend painting it blue or some color that will stand out in the woods. It is surprisingly easy to lose tools when you are cutting down trees.
This is a little different that my usual post, but it is a useful box if you are going to use a chainsaw.
Click here to see some of my more typical box projects.
Tutorials: For methods used to make a box like that pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.
Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Adding Cloth Bottom Liners
-- Big Al in IN