FRAME AND PANEL TOOLBOX
What a lovely home for hand tools.
SHOP OWNER: Paul Blackwell
LOCATION: Newark, NY
This oak toolbox is a Christmas gift for my son. I followed a plan in Woodsmith magazine from a few years back. The sides, back, bottom, and tray bottom are frame and panel construction, and the upper case features splined miters.
The top fastens to the upper case frame with a rather unique joint. The upper case frame has a 1/8" slot on the inner surface, located 1/8" down. The edge of the top has a corresponding tongue and slot which mates with the case like two interlocking letter 'C's. This allows for expansion of the top while held in place with a spot of glue in the center of each end. The drawers stay shut by means of two 1/8' brass rods, which go down through the inner tray through slots cut in the drawer sides.
I stained the box with Minwax Golden Pecan followed by three coats of Minwax poly. I rubbed out the last coat with 0000 steel wool and then waxed. My wife lined the drawers with blue suede, and I included a few antique tools from my collection.
This fire truck consumed quite a bit of shop time. I made it entirely from scratch with the exception of wheels and small parts like dowels and a steering wheel. It's about 40 inches long with the ladder retracted. The ladder raises, rotates 360 degrees, and extends. The primary wood is mahogany, highlighted with tiger maple and walnut accents.
. . . Paul Blackwell
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