I wanted to make something to store my chisels safely. I started with an approximate size knowing I have about 40 chisels and gouges so far. I sawed 3/4 pine in half and hand cut some dovetail ends. Cut a recess in the bottom of the sides for a plywood bottom. 3/16 luan.
Then I took some 3/4 pine strips 2” wide and used a forstner bit to put some 1” holes into them. These would hold the tools.
I made a second frame with the same hole pattern, offset the front 1” from the back so the tools would lie in-between each other.
As you can see I routed a grove for a bottom for the upper tray as well and did the corners with 1 big dove tail on each corner.
The two together give me plenty of storage and easy access to all the tools…
I wanted to give it a unique closure. So I started with 5 1/8 wooden dowels drilled into the lid that match holes in the back of the box.
The front will have 3 pair of rare earth magnets to hold it shut and a small lip to lift from. Still working on the lip and magnets.. had to order them. Gave the whole thing 3 coats of Lacquer sanding sealer and then 3 coats of gloss lacquer. I think this will help keep it from yellowing, unlike urethane.
The lid is 3/4 pine recessed to fit into the opening and keep the top tray securely in place. A strip of tempur foam 1/4 thick, 2” wide and the length of the box, on the bottom of the top tray holds the tools down below in place while moving the box.
I am wicked happy with this box and keep my most used tools on top for easy access… I will add another pic when I get the magnets installed. I drilled two extra 1” holes on both ends to remove the top tray with. (You can see where the lip will go when I get the magnets placed. Started it, and decided to wait till I get the magnets in before I decide its final size.
-- David, Norwood Mass, email@example.com