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    Toolbox - Tray Inside a Tray

    Last July, a week before leaving for another class with Garrett Hack I realized I needed a traveling toolbox. I was tired of hauling my tools in an assortment of bags and cardboard boxes. I quickly dovetailed up a box and slapped some sides to it. That was all I was able to complete before having to take off. Did not even have a handle, so I just bear hugged it around.

    I started last weekend, but finished yesterday, a sliding tray for the toolbox. I did not want to use any plywood in making this toolbox, so it was taking me a while to figure out how to do the bottom. I wanted to minimize using up the depth of the tray, so a solid panel fit into a groove was out. I then saw the sliding tray Christopher Schwarz was making and it seemed the perfect solution. A bottom comprised of two panels joined by an overlapped rabbet joint also was a good solution for the 6" limit in re-sawing that I had.

    http://blog.lostartpress.com/2010/12...n+Working.aspx

    I used machines for the initial wood prep and for re-sawing the material for the bottom, but used hand tools for all the secondary wood prep and joint construction.

    Here is the tray before nailing the bottom.

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    Here is the completed tray.

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    Here is the tray in the tool box.
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    In completing the box, I realized that it would have been better to have installed the bottom the other way where the rabbets would be running the width instead of the length. It would have made the box stronger, stiffer. This will work though. If you look at the back of the tool box you will see that is how I built it. The rabbeted joints run the width of the box.
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 03-02-2011 at 04:09 AM.
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    Neat.
    You just added about 50% more capacity to your toolbox Bill, and you can still retreive everything underneath!
    Nice dovetail work. At this stage I have no concept of "quickly dovetailed up a box..."
    Peter

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    nicely done bill now add some nicks and dings and some grime from sweat and yours will be like the old ones and made pretty much the same aswell. wished i lived where yu do.. would have had some of those classes that you mention..
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    That's really nice, Bill.
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    I like that as well Bill, nice job on it when you fill it up post another picture for us so we can see all it will hold

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    Very nice and clean solution!

    (Beautiful Dovetails as well...)

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    That came out great. Looks like it will last for generations
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    Hi Bill,

    Very nice tool box.

    However, since I am so small, I have to ask---Where do the wheels go?

    I know---that's why they don't send donkeys to school.

    Enjoy,

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    That came out great. Looks like it will last for generations
    Thank you everyone.

    This is only a prototype for my ultimate traveling toolbox, that is why I made it out of cheap pine. I have discovered several changes I will make, some of them having to do with dimensions and the other with how I will equip the interior. I still have several other things to make until the toolbox is complete, two more trays and fixtures that will secure backsaws to the lid.

    I like this suitcase style of toolbox for traveling. The intent is not to be able to haul all my tools, but just what is needed when I take classes. Problem is that is still a lot of tools. It is not so much just hand planes, but all the little things you need. It all adds up.

    Anyone got an opinion on which direction I should have run the bottom? I wonder if Chris Schwarz had second thoughts about his tray.

    There is a hidden message for Larry Merlau in the background of a couple of my pictures. You are right, it is going to be sweet!
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    So, I'm assuming these classes are within ground travel distance?

    I can't imagine that going through baggage claim, or being allowed in carry on

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