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  • #11348
    Greg Merritt
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    I’m called on quite a bit by family and friends to do what I consider handyman type jobs.  Mostly because I work for free I think.  I have a set of tools handy that I keep for these jobs.  I’ve tried keeping them in a bucket and I’m currently using one of those tool bag contraptions.  When I saw Paul’s version of a journeyman chest, I knew that is what I wanted for these tools.  So a couple of weeks ago I was given several pieces of offcut pine.  I purchased one longer board and jumped in with both feet.  It’s something of a trial by fire but its coming along pretty well.  I probably should have waited for Paul’s series on this type of tool box but I couldn’t wait.  The dimensions are as follows: 26″(W) x 10″(H) x 7 1/2″(D)

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #11351
    Ken
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    looking good

    #11354

    Interesting Greg, very interesting)

    Toronto, Canada

    #11359
    Scott
    Participant

    Looks great Greg-

    I am also eager for Paul’s toolbox series. Will you install a handle or a shoulder strap? Looks compact enough to carry it using a strap.

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #11361
    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    I’m going to install a grommet handle on each end.  I’m working on them right now.  It doesn’t look like much yet but I think they will turn out pretty nice.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #11366
    Xavi Molina
    Participant

    Great job!

    Musician and wood lover (Girona-Catalonia)

    #11384
    David Gill
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    Greg

    I dont think you have lost much by not waiting it looks pretty dam good to me.

    What are the plugs showing on the lid?

     

     

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #11386
    Greg Merritt
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    David…thanks…and I think your looking at the back panel.  1st photo shows the front and the lid/door and the 2nd photo shows the rear panel.  The rear panel is glued and screwed into place.  The screws are countersunk and plugged.  The bottom rail on the front is treated the same.  I guessed at this by looking at this photo on Paul’s website.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #11393
    George Bridgeman
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    Great job as usual, Greg. Considering you didn’t have a plan it’s turning out very well indeed!

    I was looking at the Cabinetmaker’s Tool Chest (which is actually more of a handyman tool box) in Tom Fidgen’s book (Made By Hand) the other day, which takes an entirely different approach to Paul’s design. Have you seen that one? There are some details and a SketchUp plan here if you fancy checking it out to compare and contrast: http://www.theunpluggedwoodshop.com/made-by-hand/project-1

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #11395
    Greg Merritt
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    Thanks George…I looked really hard at Tom Fidgen’s tool chest.  He did a video series showing him building one on youtube, here.  It didn’t quite meet my needs though.  I needed this tool box to hold a 2 foot level and a full size framing square.

    In the end, I just like the looks of this style better.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #11396
    Ken
    Participant

    Thanks for the link Greg

    #11424
    Greg Merritt
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    Done! Finally got this tool box completed. It turned out pretty well. Learned a lot and had fun. Used the cheap hardware from the home center. The worn thru areas of paint started as an accident and then I decided to go with. I’ll be less worried about the first scuff or ding this way I think. The finish is soldier blue milk paint with shellac and wax. It’s got that “lived in” feel to it.

    What I learned:
    1. Work flow is very important. When Paul presents his tool box the work flow is the important thing with a project like this. Several times I back tracked to complete something.
    2. Build the rear panel and door a little oversize so you can trim them to fit. You don’t want to have to take a couple thousandths off the entire case, trust me I know.
    3. Installing three hinges is a pain!

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #11429
    Scott
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    Wow Greg, that looks very nice. Love the paint job. I like the utility handles and hinges as well. They look sturdy and clean instead of fancy, which is my preference for a tool chest. The bead and carving on the drawer front shows real finesse.

    -Scott Los Angeles

    #11430

    Wow Greg, very cool, just simply beautiful, colour and small ornament, very nice))

    Toronto, Canada

    #11433
    Dave
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    Nice job Greg! Do you have Tolpins Toolbox book? I’ve been looking at those craftsmen style tool totes.

    -Canada

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