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Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« on: June 24, 2016, 02:54 PM »
Hi!

Recently I talked to a very good friend who broke the news to me that he will be moving into a house with his family. He is absolutely not into DIY but he agrees that with owning a house, a few basic tools should be kept on hand - an be it only to adjust handlebars and seat on his kid's bike or to fasten a screw on the garden furniture.

I told him not to worry about it, I will gift him a couple of basic tools, already talked to my Snap-On dealer - so that's covered.

Like me, he thoroughly enjoys the finer things in life so I went looking for a small, good quality and good looking toolbox. I found a Japanese one, molded from stainless steel - that is really, really cool and I was just about to buy it. Reconsidering to pull the trigger on the purchase one last time, I thought that he is really a good friend, and that the gift should be more personal since I'm obviously already simply buying the tools.

Since I have zero experience with metal work and I don't have the ability or tools to weld, cut and mold steel - I thought of using wood.

Looking around I found a whole lot of different plans/approaches.

So far I like this one best because it combines the idea of a simple wooden tote with 2 neat drawers. It's from Cher at designsbystudioc.com -> http://designsbystudioc.com/diy-plans-toolbox/

Instead of plywood I want to use either white oak or black cherry (pretty undecided yet, I like both - although very different) and I definitely don't want to use any nails, thinking either dowels or dominos. I'd also would upgrade the wood thickness and overall dimensions a little because of that. As this box will be sitting somewhere and not be carried around - Weight is not a major concern.

What do you experienced woodworkers think of this idea?

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2016, 02:59 PM »
Take a look at the Fine Woodworking's The Toolbox Book by Jim Tolpin.

https://www.amazon.com/Toolbox-Book-Craftsmans-Cabinets-Storage/dp/1561582727

It has a lot of good information about all kinds of toolboxes, with several really nicely done totes. 

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2016, 03:14 PM »
Thanks! Bought the book from a vendor in NY via Amazon Marketplace as Amazon-Germany only had a paperback edition of it in stock.

Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2016, 03:56 PM »
Take a look at the Fine Woodworking's The Toolbox Book by Jim Tolpin.

https://www.amazon.com/Toolbox-Book-Craftsmans-Cabinets-Storage/dp/1561582727

It has a lot of good information about all kinds of toolboxes, with several really nicely done totes.

Agreed on this one. It gives you tons of a good ideas. Just wish I knew where mine walked off to 15 years ago (I think I know, but he wouldn't fess up to it).  [mad]

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2016, 08:09 PM »
Hi!

I decided to use a rainy Saturday to "test drive" my metric conversion of Cher's plans with imperial measurements - so I wouldn't mess up the gift. I went with ply for this purpose, the gift is going to be either White-oak or Cherry. The book I ordered will take until the end of July to be delivered.

I took the liberty to amend Cher's plans just a very little - made the handle replaceable by letting it go through the center pieces and then using two dowels.

Set-up.


Measuring and deciding on final cuts.


Me, myself and I... *sing* ;)


After clean up.


Finished tool box.







Kind regards,
Oliver

« Last Edit: June 26, 2016, 08:11 PM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2016, 08:13 PM »
NICE! And I like your outdoor workshop.. [smile]

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2016, 11:42 PM »
Love the toolbox, and I am sure your friend will too!

What I would like to know is if you are the green thumb that did such a wonderful job with your backyard greenery?

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2016, 11:53 PM »
Thanks you two!  [smile]

@McNally Family , let's say its a "family" effort - better half does most of the plant shopping and I'm the one mowing and cutting, digging & building... ;)

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Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2016, 12:10 AM »
Oliver,
That is a really interesting update to an old design.  By that I mean adding the drawers.  Great job.
Bryan

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2016, 12:13 AM »
Thanks Bryan!

To give credit were credit is due - the design & plans are from Cher at designsbystudioc.com she offers amazing, free woodworking plans of all sorts.

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2016, 12:31 AM »
Nice.

Looking at the drawers, how about some locking feature to keep them closed while it's being carried?  Maybe a lever on the side that can swing around over the drawer with a friction fit?

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2016, 01:40 AM »
Hi!

A locking mechanism is a great idea! But I doubt I could make a nice enough lever that wouldn't look out of place somehow.

I was thinking of adding blind holes to the inside of the drawer fronts that make contact with the front of the tool box. And also to the front of the tool box in the same spots so it's covered by the closed drawers. Then adding magnets and a pieces of round steel.

Kind regards,
Oliver
« Last Edit: June 27, 2016, 01:42 AM by six-point socket II »
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2016, 03:41 AM »
Hi!

A locking mechanism is a great idea! But I doubt I could make a nice enough lever that wouldn't look out of place somehow.

I was thinking of adding blind holes to the inside of the drawer fronts that make contact with the front of the tool box. And also to the front of the tool box in the same spots so it's covered by the closed drawers. Then adding magnets and a pieces of round steel.

Kind regards,
Oliver

Magnets either at the back or on an edge would do the job.

Peter

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2016, 04:56 AM »
nice project oliver! you look at peace working outside with the cool tools. it looks like a stress release to me. [laughing]
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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2016, 10:37 AM »
I like it

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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2016, 08:30 PM »
I like it Oliver.  The improvements I would suggest are some kind of movable dividers on the storage areas on the ends and inset drawer faces (half blind dovetails).

End of July to get a book??  Just ask on the forum or PM me, I would be happy to ship stuff to you from the US!!
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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2016, 08:58 PM »
Hi!

A locking mechanism is a great idea! But I doubt I could make a nice enough lever that wouldn't look out of place somehow.

I was thinking of adding blind holes to the inside of the drawer fronts that make contact with the front of the tool box. And also to the front of the tool box in the same spots so it's covered by the closed drawers. Then adding magnets and a pieces of round steel.

Kind regards,
Oliver

Magnets either at the back or on an edge would do the job.

Peter

Thanks Peter, that's a good idea - especially placing them at the back - I didn't think of that. More hassle-free than what I wanted to do :)

nice project oliver! you look at peace working outside with the cool tools. it looks like a stress release to me. [laughing]

Thanks! Yeah, when working there I'm at peace :)

I like it

Thank you!

I like it Oliver.  The improvements I would suggest are some kind of movable dividers on the storage areas on the ends and inset drawer faces (half blind dovetails).

End of July to get a book??  Just ask on the forum or PM me, I would be happy to ship stuff to you from the US!!

Thanks! Yeah, I definitely want to make something that will hold a couple of screwdrivers upright for easy access for one side, and I could cut some grooves on the other side to place dividers in. Also like your suggestion of inset drawer faces, it would definitely do the gift toolboxes, that will made in white oak or black cherry, more justice. Thanks for this great suggestion!

Thank you very much for your offer, it's highly appreciated! And I might eventually ask someday for something that is of greater importance to me than a book :)  But it wouldn't speed up anything unless I sent you a prepaid UPS shipping label. (Which I would do if it was something important/urgent) But because of the price of the book, and because I don't need it immediately I went with the reasonable USPS shipping. If you had bought the book and shipped it, like they did, with USPS it wouldn't get here any faster ;) So why should I bother someone with it ;)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2016, 09:02 PM »
If I shipped it USPS, I'm pretty sure you would have it in a week with standard shipping.  I know it doesn't take a month!
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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2016, 09:07 PM »
If you're feeling playful we can try :) I'll send you a PM in a couple of minutes :)

Kind regards,
Oliver
Kind regards,
Oliver

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2016, 07:35 AM »
I got some Wira screw drivers with 1/4" ends to accept the small bits. They have a spot in my tool box and Mrs tool box.

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Re: Building a wooden toolbox - looking for suggestions.
« Reply #20 on: November 28, 2016, 04:31 PM »
If I may resurrect this dormant thread.  Lumberjocks.com has numerous candidates.  I find this one's http://lumberjocks.com/projects/154370 fold-down sides to be clever and handy appearing.  The design copies one by YouTube member Jeremy Broun whose channel goes by Woodomain.

Best, Gary