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Here are a few pics of a recent project I completed along with a good friend who is working on taking his skills to the next level. In the title I used the word "style". I use it with tongue in cheek Very pleased with the end result and to be honest, it really turned out nicely. All hardware is from Lee Valley, wood is red oak and figured red oak. Drawer sides and back are out of spalted maple and the bottoms and back are 1/4" oak ply.
Mark (my friend whom I worked with on this project) learned a great deal. Particularly with regard to tool setup and measurement. Typically I'll wing a project as I go, but this one I had to pretty much get the numbers down on paper for us to get things right. A few buggers here and there, but overall..not to shabby.. For those who have been considering such a build, I'd say go for it...This was indeed one of the most enjoyable projects I've done in a while.
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Real Nice Job
I like the numbers in the plan the best
By the way how much do you have in it ? total cost ?
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BJ... the wood was gotten from Marks step fathers stash (he recently passed away and Mark was given all of his wood and equipment, hence his desire to improve his skills) I'd suspect board feet wise, actually not all that much. Hardware was gotten from Lee Valley, probably in the neighborhood of 75 bucks. The lid hinge being the most expense single Item...I think it was 35 or so.

Orginally, we had planned on making the bottom drawer a single drawer, but, one of the buggers came when doing the blind dovetails. Someone, they were cut on opposite sides *L*..so, the plan quickly changed to have 2 drawers on the bottom. In the end, we both agreed that it worked out for the best. To my way of thinking, the 'lines' of the box were extremely important. So I had to give in and draw up some plans with the math, otherwise, I seriously doubt I could have pulled it off and have it look even, neat...

This box was/is a birthday gift for Marks son, 12/12/12


finish, finish, finish... for to add, The finish is a simple Formby's Tung Oil rub.. nothing fancy. Reason for tung oil was that its an super easy touchup. Does not add anything much in the way of protection, but what the heck, its a tool box. I pushed some polymerized Tung Oil, but never used it before, and wasn't willing to experiment on this project. Supposedly polymerized tung oil not only dries much faster, but leaves a much more durable, harder finish behind. Really looking forward to seeing what this stuff does..

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Absolutely beautiful. Do the drawers slide all the way out? I agree with BobJ3 that I liked the numbers in the drawing the best. It just goes to prove that it's best to use a pencil when making a drawing because the dimensions are bound the change <g>
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Thank You ARt... appreciate the kind words

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Thank you Bob...

Yes, the drawers pull all the way out... simple wooden drawer guides were used. One of the unexpected 'issues' we ran into was after applying the finish (Tung Oil") there was enough of a build up of finish that we had to go back in and do a little sanding to get the drawers back to sliding in and out smoothly.


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Fantastic job!! I love the look of those tool boxes. I also have a set of plans for similar box. Now I have your inspiration!! SUPER JOB!! Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your photos.

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Imagine the sound of me whistling as a pretty dame walks by. That my friend is a special box indeed. Love the handles,no not on her silly.
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