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Forum topic by siavosh posted 01-29-2014 07:02 AM 618 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2014 07:02 AM

I need to find a wood species for the bottom of my mobile toolbox (approx. 11”x30”). I prefer not to use plywood, but want something very durable and light weight since I’ll be carrying it around a lot (car, class, home etc) Any recommendations? Price and workeability with hand and ability to handle some nails/drilling a plus. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-29-2014 08:52 AM

Cherry, ash, red cedar

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#2 posted 01-29-2014 09:14 AM

You could always put some veneer on the ply – all the benefits of ply, without the look of ply?

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 01:43 PM

Black Gum. Virtually indestructible with its interwoven grain. Will not split.

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 02:16 PM

Mine, on an ATC, is made of t&g pine, fastened with cut nails. Light weight, durable enough. I’m making a small traveling dutch chest with Chris Schwarz this summer and it will also have a pine bottom. Trick is to have a couple of battens on the bottom, like skids.

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 02:45 PM

The bottom in my nearly 100 year old tool box is yellow poplar. Light and has withstood the test of time.

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 06:13 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Will hit the lumberyard this weekend, and hopefully find the right piece.

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 08:43 PM

Just about any commercially available species should work for this, I’d think. Harder woods won’t mark up as much but (come on) it’s the bottom of a tool chest. White pine is plenty strong and can be found in plenty of historical examples of tool chests large and small. Just this morning I watched an old Roy Underhill video where he makes his classic tool tote out of yellow pine, which’d be a bit stronger than white pine.

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