My new toolbox I made over the last few months.
I was inspired to make this toolbox/ briefcase type thing after viewing Henry O. Studley‘s 1900’s tool box. I fell in love with it and wanted to make my own interpretation of his classic. (Story continues after slideshow.)
Made of all solid hardwood construction with hand cut/ chiseled dove tailed joinery. Materials used include maple, sycamore, walnut, sheet copper – thicker gauged.
When starting this project I believed the case and drawers would have been the lion’s share of the build. I was wrong. After constructing the case and drawers I found myself at a loss with what to do with the 2 large open areas and how to fill every single square inch of all the dead space. Sounds simple, keep in mind I wanted a look and a flow to how everything would be housed in the cabinet. All the while when fully closed and latched I wanted to be able to roll this thing down the stairs and nothing would move out of place.The trickiest parts of the projects are often unseen before you start. I’m glad I started. Enjoy!
A wedding box I made for my wife and me. The idea of the project was simple – pull, slide, and open.
Each of the boxes does one of those functions. The whole set of small boxes measures 17″wide x 11″tall x 5 3/4″deep.
It was made from one large piece of walnut, all cut down/milled on my table saw and sanding wheel. The board was roughly 3 1/2″ thick. The pieces for the box case are 5/16″ thick after cutting and sanding.
I’d get about five pieces out of each piece of rough stock. Then simply cut, glue, clamp, drill, make dowel rods, install dowel rods, engrave, join boxes, stain, finish, and hang.
*Side note, all traditional joinery. No nails or screws.
I finished a little over 20 of these boxes & took them to a shop downtown yesterday. They are for sale on Craigslist too. I make them out of different kinds of wood that I’ve pressed together. It adds more color and detail in the design.