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Forum topic by ki7hy posted 06-28-2016 07:03 PM 627 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ki7hy

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06-28-2016 07:03 PM

Hey everyone….

I was curious on people’s thoughts/experience on this kind of an idea. My folks have a place up north a couple hours away from me and we go there fairly often to hang out and relax. The problem with this is, I lose shop time doing this and that really bothers me. I would rather have relaxing woodworking time in my garage shop than go up north to “relax”. So….I was searching for an easily mobile tool chest idea I could take that would store clamps and all necessary tools to get some things done and relax a bit. I can build small projects while I’m up north which would keep me working and everyone will be happy. I figured I could rough dimension the lumber before leaving so I don’t have to worry much about that, take the minimum, maybe three hand planes, a coping saw, DT saw, Ryobi (broken down if need be), brace, bits, chisels in a roll, plus a few other things I’ll need of course. Overall, I figured I could get this to a manageable size. Plus their place is in the forest so I could do some out door woodworking, or even do some work by the creek that runs along their house. In AZ that sounds like a nice treat.

To top it off I would want the chest to have a shooting board. I was thinking of doing a pull out on the bottom but then I found a video that seems like a good option with a moxon vice. I think this guys box could be a bit better on inside design and storage but overall it’s fairly nice.

Anyone build anything like this? I am not going to sign up for the school thing to build it, I can make the plans and build it but more to what I need. I’m looking for design improvement ideas or if everyone thinks it’s even a good idea. Seems good right now but I can’t think of everything.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnWYPkq-wYY


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Rick M

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#1 posted 06-28-2016 08:39 PM

I built one long ago, still use it although it’s too heavy to leave the shop. Downside is it sucks for work holding if you use hand tools. The casters allow it to move around.

Edit, you’re thinking more like a tool box size thing. Mine is a small work bench that also hold tools.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 06-28-2016 08:45 PM

Yeah Rick. I linked a YouTube video to something similar to what I want to build. I’m guessing maybe 24” wide MAX and then 12-14” deep maybe a bit more??? Still working this through in my head. No doubt it will be heavy but I should be able to lug it around some.

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#3 posted 06-28-2016 11:39 PM

I was under the impression Shannon built that more as a traveling tool kit for repairs and whatnot. Unless you build bird houses or boxes it’s too small for much else.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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ki7hy

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#4 posted 06-28-2016 11:53 PM

I think for the purpose I’m thinking of using it for it would be for things like boxes and birdhouses. Just small stuff like that when I am away for a weekend up north at our family cabin. I’m not the guy who can just sit around to relax unfortunately. I need to keep busy, woodworking is relaxing for me so taking a small box up with me and a bundle of small lumber should keep me busy when everyone is “relaxing”.

So I would use it the same as what Shannon uses his for since I wouldn’t have a proper bench or mainly a bench with a vice for dovetail cutting, hence the moxon vice on the box and a built in shooting board. I would do a few things different but his ideas seem solid.

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 01:42 PM

Watched that video, hadn’t seen it before. Cool box for sure. As one who has danced with tool chest relevance for more than a couple years now I’m wondering how used that ‘luggable’ benchbox will be over time. Can’t speak for Shannon, but I was (and still am) fascinated by the idea of having a core set of tools to take anywhere, to do whatnot. He added to that some work holding features, including dog holes and a face vise. What I’d really love to see is that box a couple years from now, all beat up and scarred with the pride of many projects, environments and tasks.

ki, if you build one like it, keep us in the loop? I recently built a tool tote that stores in the tool chest and pulls out for quick tasks. I’m thinking between that and my sawbench, I have the versatility needed for small (and larger) tasks.

Not saying I have the solution, just thinking Shannon’s is not for me.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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ki7hy

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#6 posted 08-23-2016 03:07 PM

Smitty, I’m building it now actually. In the Stanley 45 thread you commented on of mine the pic in my shop of getting the tool home is sitting on the main carcass boards for it. I cut the dovetails over the weekend for the sides of it.

Here is what I’ve come up with idea wise. It won’t look anything like Shannon’s, His is nice but some of that isn’t all that practical in my opinion. Like drawers. What I plan to do, and it might not work, is build it like an old joiners chest from back in the day. Like a lot of the “tool chest of your dreams” thread guys. I still plan to do a vice very similar to Shannon’s though and contemplating the dog holes. I think I will need them but I want to see what else I can come up with. I am also building out of poplar for weight purposes and it’s pretty tough stuff for what it is.

This is for small stuff, literally just hobby fun stuff. Nothing more. In Arizona it’s nice to head up north and there are streams and rivers my family have homes on so I guess I picture heading over there with some lumber strapped to a box full of some tools and build something to leave behind. Could be a small box of sorts, could be a bird house like Rick mentioned. It really doesn’t matter, sitting along the water in the forest working wood with hand tools just sounds nice right?

My main concern is how strong the box will be. I think it will wiggle around when using it a bit but small projects should still be fine I think. Only time will tell. As for it getting beat up, this thing will get dented and dinged and sawed and chiseled on….it won’t be pretty after a couple of years but then again, it might be more pretty.

I will update this when I get done. I have the dimensions but haven’t finished figuring out all of the work holding aspects yet and once it’s in use I’m sure I will find things to make it better.

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#7 posted 08-23-2016 04:33 PM

^ Good post, looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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ki7hy

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#8 posted 10-06-2016 04:30 AM

Smitty, I don’t normally post projects but you asked for it. She ain’t pretty but I did a project post for you and any future searchers for something like this.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/271722#comment-3454058

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#9 posted 10-06-2016 04:59 AM

I’ve been thinking about the same kind of thing, but on a larger scale. A full shop on a trailer such as one of these
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdDNFLx7hIw
I don’t want (or have the money) to buy one of these, but I do want to use the concepts and build one of my own.
The idea is when I retire I could take my workshop with me; snowbird or visit family (scattered around the country); set up shop and repair items or build new to suit the family I’m visiting at the time.

What do you take to visit the family? Truck, small car or ??

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ki7hy

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#10 posted 10-06-2016 11:07 PM

Wichman, it really depends on who goes up to the family houses. My wife’s folks live on a river and my folks have a home on a stream both are only about 20 minutes apart coincidentally.

I’m divorced so my kids are with their mom half the time so if we don’t have the kids we usually take the Mini Cooper because it’s fun to drive. Otherwise we take a Jetta or Silverado. This would fit in any of them so that’s not a concern.

I couldn’t justify a big trailer though, I’m far from retirement (20 years, I’m only 38) and I don’t have anywhere to store one. If I had space I would get a mill instead anyway.

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