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  1. (semi-) Long story 20 some years ago, when I went out on my own as on-site service repair on furniture, I needed a tool kit for the van. First try: I got a tool box with a lidded top, a couple of drawers and a tilt-out bin. I estimated what tools I'd need for the job described, pull them out and carry them in. I found in 5 minutes, I was back for something else, then another 5 minutes, for yet another tool. Not very efficient. Second try: I gave up and decided that if I just needed a screwdriver and maybe some pliers, I'd take the whole kit in. That worked well. Initially a 5 gal bucket with a wrap. I decided that did not look very professional, so quickly got a nylon, open top tool tote with lots of pockets around the outside and a row along one inside edge. That worked very well, and as my experience grew, my kit got well tuned. I carried a few other tools in the van but only needed them once in a while. I did have a second bag with my drill, drill bits, Kreg jig, small box of wood and Kreg screw assortments, driver bits, 90 degree hickey, nut drivers, etc. I liked that I could see every tool, as they were either in pockets of the bag or in one of the several PVC tubes that kept them upright. Easy to find and every tool had its fixed position, so I knew where to look for it. If I needed my multi-tip screwdriver, it was in the right side, end, next to my utility knife and 35 piece ratchet driver set. Third try: When I retired and COVID hit, I made an on-site tool box a la Frank Klausz. I made one for me and one for my twin grandsons, seniors in high school and helpers to their dad that did a lot of home remodeling on their house. (And provided current and future gifts as tools.) Although it has drawers and pockets around the perimeter, I found that bigger stuff just got piled in the middle, so I'd need to dig for things like hammers, flashlights, large pliers, clamps, etc. Not very fun. And, it was heavy as all get out and difficult to carry on steps, thru doors, etc. Fourth try AKA Second try, version 2.0 Back to the nylon bag it was. Use it for repairs at the furniture bank and for set building at the theater shop. Somehow Pinterest noted my interest in tool boxes and keeps sending me stuff. This week I saw a post about making an insert that would replace the PVC tubes, that despite my best effort, kept falling over. And another about Adam Savage (myth busters) first order retrievability": The rule being "you can get any tool without having to move another." Aha! That's what I discovered 20 years ago. It works well. I made the insert one day this week (hint, build a prototype of cardboard to make sure stuff fits and it fits into your box before committing to wood. It took me a couple tries to get one that fit under the handle to insert.) I am happy I still have three other kits, one for the drill and accessories, one for upholstery repair, and one for fabric cleaning supplies, All are first order retrievability.
  2. Recently, Woodsmith posted some videos on making a classic tool box. Or maybe I just saw it. Coincidentally, Woodcraft Magazine has an article on the same one. Not that I need another tool box, but looks neat.
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    This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use.
  4. View File Workbench Magazine May-June 1968 Custom Made Tool Chest This is a scanned document of the now defunct Workbench Magazine of this era. Permission was granted by the new Workbench Publication for The Patriot Woodworker community to copy and use the old Workbench Magazine at our pleasure, and for free distribution and re-use. Submitter John Morris Submitted 04/08/2023 Category Shop Furniture  
  5. I'm going on a mission trip next month. No idea what particular projects I'll be doing, but in general Katrina rehab/repair. I was thinking about building a tool tote to carry my hand tools. I've been wasting time looking at youtube, pinterest, and general postings on tool boxes for a few days. What a remarkable lack of diversity there is. Open top tool totes with a handle or divider that runs from end to end, with or without a drawer bottom (have a couple of those, including my first from '70s made from a fruit crate) Open top box or crate (got a bunch of those, most in use) Carpenter's tool boxes, circa WWII. Tall not very wide, one side opens up and there is usually a till at the top of the main case (yep,, gave that one away) Jeremy Broun's tool box, essentially a smaller version of the prior item, but with both sides that open Just a box with a lid (big or small) maybe with a till -- got one of those Tool Stool a la Gary Katz . Might have two levels. I have a couple of those, not nearly so fancy (basically a saw bench) Stacking box Japanese tool box (couple of those that I've used on prior trips, now hold my Shaker oval box kits) Larger box a la Frank Klausz's box that he wrote about in a magazine Machinists' style boxes like the Gerstner Then there's the Anarchist's Tool Chest and Dutch Tool Chest and wall tool cabinets, not all that suited to portability. Meh. I think I'll just load up a couple of my nylon bags. I really like the backpack bags but I'm not sure I want to spend the money on one. My work kit is well tuned to what I do, but that includes repairs to cabinets, doors, and drawers, repairs to upholstered furniture springs, frames, recliner mechanisms, and fabric parts (remove and replace panels, or to get to the insides), and structural repairs to wood parts.
  6. Put the hardware on the totes this morning. One each for two of my grandsons and one for me. Roughly based on Frank Klausz's article in PopWood a few years ago, with lots of thing to be decided by the builder (only went from rough dimensions, and a note that if he made another, he'd make it smaller). and a picture or two. https://cdn.popularwoodworking.com/wp-content/uploads/YourFirstToolkit.pdf Around the edges are spots for screwdrivers, awls, chisels, nail sets, pencils, etc. Inside is a removable till for whatever and can be centered, or pushed to front or back. Realized too late what those little telephone pole thingies on the side were for -- I think it was to lock the drawers in place, but I'm not really sure. I normally make a box a one piece, then cut off the lid. I didn't on this one (but maybe should have) so it took some extra care to make sure the lid was the same size and shape as the base. I guess you can consider this "trash art" because everything except the hardware came from my leftovers and recycled wood stash. When I first started woodworking when I made something from pine I'd always say, "For all the effort I put into this, I should have sprung for a better wood." But I think the pine is traditional, makes the whole thing a bit lighter, and will show the "wear and tear" of a functional life well lived. The bottom has box joints that were made from the router jig that I showed a few weeks ago. The top dimensions didn't work out too well with that spacing, so they are hand-cut dovetails.
  7. I'm looking for some ideas to personalize/monogram/decorate the inside lid of tool totes. A daughter has a Cricut machine that can cut vinyl stick ons. I'm looking for ideas for an appropriate design. These boxes are definitely functional and not artistic bespoke (some would call it "trash art") made from some 1x10 pine and 3/8" plywood. All leftovers from my wood stash. So elaborate inlay not fitting. I'm wrapping up building some tool totes for two of my grandsons (16 y.o.). These are loosely based on Frank Klausz's design I am hoping that these are long-term use, but will get involved short term in helping papa with home remodeling projects and in a few years off to college apartment. They'll likely be at least a day's drive from home. To put things in perspective, mom has a graduate degree in industrial engineering and dad has a PhD in mechanical (a true rocket scientist) so they are definitely techno-geeks. Besides the remodeling work, they have done a class in blacksmithing, and at school have had classes in robotics and electronics. My first thought was something like the masonic logo -- square, compass, and a "G" for geometry (well, grandpa is a math major). But thought that might be too closely associated with the Fraternal Order of Masons (which none of us are). And because they're identical twins, probably either first name or three letter monograms. Let the ideas flow forth.
  8. After doing demo last week at the Ag Museum I decided I needed something other than a bucketeer (it is like a tool belt on a 5 gal bucket). Started looking and found a Husky rolling chest to be of the right length for turning tools. Then I can make boxes or buy at HF for small items. I already had used heat gun to form fit PVC to cover the tools. Just wondering what does everyone else use. The one I have linked to is the larger one, I got the 15 gal . same but smaller. I think it is 25 inch diagonal, 21 ling 13 deep. https://screenshots.firefox.com/Obxw2YWbKntgWWZT/www.homedepot.ca
  9. And a coat of Witch's Brew, too.. has a fancy latch, too Those things hanging down behind this Tool Box? Just my Saw Till...Lids work nicely on the box.. Might just do..for a simple tool box...
  10. Cleaning up the shop, putting away the toys, er tools. Spied a black box Hmm, wonder what I stashed in there? Opened it up, found a couple wood bodies for a few hand planes, eh....and a few of these That long sucker is a 5/8 Bowl gouge. If I recall correctly, and it was a yard sale item that cost a $1. Four Craftsman chisels, and four that were I think from Harbor Freight. Went back and cleaned these all up. Now the problems arise. You see, there isn't any room for them in this box and the lathe these went to is a rusty, broken down mess. Plastic fan on the "dryer" motor( looks like one, anyway) is broke. The joint between the two sections of the "T" rail is in BAD shape. Rusty as all get out. Not really worth the effort to rehab, even for me. So, what to do with these "Treasures"?
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