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Simple open toolbox - PEP BB dimensional.sand.toolbox

BB dimensional lumber woodworking - sand badge
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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Dimensional Lumber Woodworking.

Tools are awesome!  But they're often pokey or clumsy to hold.  Let's make a box to put them in!







To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - At least 16" long
  - A carrying handle
  - No paint, stain or oil

To document your completion of the BB, provide pics or video (<2 min) of the following:
  - Wood you're starting with
  - Construction partially underway
  - Finished toolbox
  - Proof it is at least 16" long

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This is the wood I started with. I built the toolbox using scrap wood from the Shop at Basecamp.

These are the pieces of wood that I started with.







This is a progress picture of my toolbox build.



This is my finished toolbox that is at least sixteen inches long.



This is my finished toolbox fulfilling the function I intended for it- holding hatchets. It also bugged me a bunch that hatchets were just laying around in the Shop.



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So i made this toolbox to house a few tools for when i go and work on various projects. I used to always try and carry 6 or way to many items and was always fumbling with them. Now it all fits in this tool box.
I made it from cedar bolts which i split into shakes and than i cut them to size, the handle is yellow cedar from the beach. Built using hot dipped 2 1/4 nails.
It is roughly 11 inch wide by 12 inches tall by 19 inches long.
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Wood i started with
Wood i started with
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Yellow Cedar handle from beach
Yellow Cedar handle from beach
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More shakes i started with
More shakes i started with
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Handle roughed out on table saw
Handle roughed out on table saw
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Partly constructed
Partly constructed
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Partly Constructed
Partly Constructed
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Complete tool box without tools
Complete tool box without tools
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Showing measurement ( really hard to do one handed)
Showing measurement ( really hard to do one handed)
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Tool box with tools!
Tool box with tools!
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For years, a small plastic bin has served as my "toolbox." It's ok.

The new toolbox I'm building to fit on the same closet shelf as the old toolbox. So it's 16" long, by 8" wide by 10" tall.

I really want the handle to stay put, so I'm not nailing into the end grain of the handle wood.

The handle and posts are deliberately offset to try to make a good one-handed hold. We'll see how that works in reality.
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Starting wood. It's just pine, using anything nicer seemed like a waste with my minimal skills
Starting wood. It's just pine, using anything nicer seemed like a waste with my minimal skills
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Partway done, 16" long
Partway done, 16" long
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All the way done, loaded up
All the way done, loaded up
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Original, now replaced
Original, now replaced
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I upcycled a very old pantry shelf that I had already disassembled into my toolbox. I needed a tool tote anyway, so this badge bit was good motivation to make one. I have also been wanting to try making dovetails. It was a very educational project. I learned a lot of the challenges involved with dovetails, but they came together in the end. I've come to realize, if you can find a way to mark up your project accurately, then it's really just a matter of cutting to the lines. The real trick is figuring out how to lay it out and mark it up, and not only regarding dovetails, but woodworking in general.

The box is a bit heavy, but it's definitely functional and it fits my ryoba saw at full length!
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The wood I chose to upcycle. In the end I used 3 of these shelves.
The wood I chose to upcycle. In the end I used 3 of these shelves.
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This was a fun part. I used the curves from the two round objects here to lay out the contour of the toolbox end pieces.
This was a fun part. I used the curves from the two round objects here to lay out the contour of the toolbox end pieces.
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The bottom, sides, and ends cut.
The bottom, sides, and ends cut.
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I had to get original with my work holding to chisel off the leftover waste after cutting the curves with a coping saw.
I had to get original with my work holding to chisel off the leftover waste after cutting the curves with a coping saw.
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I had this persimmon branch that had a nice curve, so I decided to use it as a rustic handle.
I had this persimmon branch that had a nice curve, so I decided to use it as a rustic handle.
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This picture was taken when I was getting some help from forum members with my dovetail problems.
This picture was taken when I was getting some help from forum members with my dovetail problems.
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I like tusk tenons, I used them to put keep the handle on. The entire box stays together without any metal fasteners or glue because of the dovetails and tusk tenons.
I like tusk tenons, I used them to put keep the handle on. The entire box stays together without any metal fasteners or glue because of the dovetails and tusk tenons.
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Doing what it's meant to do.
Doing what it's meant to do.
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I typically use screws in my projects but I decided to practice some of my nailing skills this time.
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Wood!
Wood!
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Halfway there
Halfway there
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Completely complete
Completely complete
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With some tools.
With some tools.
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I built this tool box out of some 1x6 fir, some rough cut pine, and an scrap piece of dowel. It's assembled with just some nails.
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Wood i started with.
Wood i started with.
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All the pieces cut to size.
All the pieces cut to size.
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All done.
All done.
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Built a toolbox to fit a hatchet or multiple hatchets.

Used available materials.
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Since I am fortunate to already have a nice bag for tools, the initial purpose of this tool box will be for carrying things out to the garden.  Mostly dirty things like small pots and transplants and my compost gloves: things that I don't want in my pocket or shoulder bag.

My design requirements:
  • Meet the BB requirements: at least 16" long, a handle, and no stains or paint
  • Useful -- For me that means hands-free over the shoulder, rather than a traditional wooden dowel, which limits the height of objects that can be put into the box  (I am happy to alter the design to a traditional dowel if needed)
  • Hand tools only


  • Materials
  • Board and other leftover wood scraps from my sifting crate project
  • 12 Screws left-over from pre-school shed project
  • Surplus rope from cleaning a community basement
  • Temporarily unavailable: Washers to provide a wider contact surface for the natural rope attachment points (perhaps I'll take a bit of scrap soda can or snip bit of a can lid and fashion one later if I need to carry heavier loads with this box)






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    Note: One solution to your rope attachment problem would be to drill a hole through the vertical board to pass the rope through.  The knot in the rope would keep it from pulling through

     
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    Some BB’s are far more than the task, they set you thinking about the harder BB’s. When I made this tool box I learnt a lot even though it was pretty straight forward and didn’t take long.

    1) Home Depot sells construction lumber, not wood working lumber. It’s relatively cheap, often warped and damaged, mostly pine, perfectly adequate for construction work. I’ll need to find a better source for Straw and beyond.
    2) I have a construction saw, not a wood working saw. The teeth are chunky and it makes a mess of pine.
    3) Not using glue really makes you think
    4) There’s a deep satisfaction in using hand tools even though power tools would finish the job much quicker. I used:
    - hand saw
    - brace and 3/4 inch bit / screw driver bit
    - hand drill with 1/16 inch bit
    - counter sinker bit
    - chisel
    - clamps
    - metal file

    To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
     - At least 16" long
     - A carrying handle
     - No paint, stain or oil

    To document your completion of the BB, provide pics or video (<2 min) of the following:
     - Wood you're starting with
     - Construction partially underway
     - Finished toolbox

     

    Starting materials



    Cut to size



    Ready for assembly



    Dowel chamfered - this is my no glue solution for securing the handle



    Finished toolbox



    20 inches long

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    Here is my simple open toolbox made from upcycled wood
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    What I started with
    What I started with
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    Construction underway
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    Assembled
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    In action
    In action
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    I made a toolbox using scrap lumber at Wheaton Labs. I cut the lumber to size using a miter saw. After attaching the four walls, I realized that I hadn't accounted for the width of the tall walls when attaching the short walls, so I took it apart and cut the base down a bit to prevent there being gaps in the corners. Then I put it all together again,  and attached the handle.

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    four walls attached - notice how the ends jut out
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    I reassembled it after cutting the bottom shorter, and now there's no gaps
    I reassembled it after cutting the bottom shorter, and now there's no gaps
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    It looks like you used one screw to keep each side of the handle in place. You may notice over time that the handle starts to spin in place. Another screw, or a more advanced technique like a through mortise will keep that from happening.

    Looks good though!

     
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    Thanks for the tip, L. I wanted to add another screw to help secure the handle, but I put the first one dead center and I think it would split if I added another.
     
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    Here is my submission for the Dimensional Lumber Woodworking Aspect - Sand for Straw - Make an Open Toolbox BB.

    BB20 2022: Wednesday Afternoon and I'm in the shop making a toolbox.  I used a section of junkpole for the handle and wood I found in the shop.  The ends and bottom are 1"x6" and the sides are tongue and groove siding which I modified the groove so it was more like a half-lap joint with the base.  I used my skills with making the compound mallet to modify the ends fo the handle and put it in place before attaching the sides to the toolbox.


    To show I've completed this Badge Bit, I have provided the following:
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    wood and some tools used
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    drilling hole for the handle
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    test fitting before finishing the handle and assembling the toolbox
    test fitting before finishing the handle and assembling the toolbox
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    ready for tools
    ready for tools
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    Beginning to feel more confident with woodworking, since no real experience prior to SKIP. Still making some basic mistakes, but pleased with the outcome generally.

    Will do a bit more work on this tidying it up, but it meets the specifications!
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    Here's the toolbox I made today from scrap wood at Wheaton Labs.

    I have two photos of materials, as I added to them after I began. Here's the first snapshot of materials. I ended up not using several of the thin lengths of wood.



    Here's the second image of materials. They were tongue-and-groove scraps that connected together and formed a suitable bottom for the toolbox.



    Here's the toolbox mid-way through construction.



    It was at this point I was dissatisfied with the height/depth of the toolbox, so I developed a solution to help hold more stuff. I had drawknife-trimmed the handle, and then drilled a hole into it, perpendicular to its length. I then fashioned a peg from scrap wood which fit through the hole.

    Here's an image of the finished toolbox. It's in excess of 16 inches in length.



    I'm pleased with the mechanics of the handle. It's removable. This way, the user can remove the handle, fill the toolbox, then return the handle and lock it in place with the peg. A bit of paracord connects the peg to the toolbox to prevent misplacing it over time.





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    Hello! I just finished crafting my wooden toolbox! The tools I were using were being finicky so it's defiantly not perfect. but it still works!
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    My 9 year old son had a club mallet he made with me (as a BB), a hammer, and a cat's paw.  Time for him to make a tool box to keep track of his tools!  We had a wonderful afternoon making this adorable and handy little box.  It is a pine box with a square oak handle.  I used a miter saw (power tool), drill (power tool), hammer, nails, tape measure, speed square, pencil, and pull saw to build this BB.  No finish.
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    This goes towards the straw badge (four additional items from sand badge)...
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    Note: A fine toolbox indeed.

     
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    Just wonderful work! Have a blessed day.
     
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    I had nowhere to put my long and skinny tools. Now my hand saw and bar clamp have a home. Untreated boards and dowel for handle. Some screws to hold it together.
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    Note: Good job, you may find that some issues arise with the handle holes being drilled so close to the end of that board.  There isn't much material to hold it.  Don't load it up too heavy and it should be fine.

     
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    Here's the down-and-dirty video of the open-top toolbox I made this morning out of 1x6 untreated pine. It is 16 inches long and 6 inches wide, with a solid dowel handle. I started to assemble it using wood screws but it was cracking the wood, so I stopped and adjusted to finishing nails. It turned out very nice. I think I'm going to keep my plumbing tools in it and make a few more for different projects so that everything is always grouped together where they should be!

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    I selected some used pallet boards that were heat treated and NOT chemically treated. Theses were from a scrap wood bin. I love the character of the boards I used on the sides. The handle is a 2x2 from my stash.

    I screwed in the handle on the with 2 screws in each end to make sure i had a sturdy handle.

    I will be using my tool box to haul hand tools around in my garden.
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    wood I'm starting with
    wood I'm starting with
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    made some changes to the ends
    made some changes to the ends
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    under construction
    under construction
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    screwed in the handle
    screwed in the handle
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    completed - 18" long
    completed - 18" long
    Staff note (gir bot) :

    Jim Garlits approved this submission.
    Note: Nice use of available wood for the handle.

     
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