Monthly Book Giveaway - March 2023

Presentation Box for Layout Tools

Another Presentation Box for some of the Layout Tools I have made. This one is a Walnut box with a sliding top, the corners have a angled spline with Red Gum and a turn knob also with Red Gum to secure the box in a closed position. The box was made with 1/4" stock that I resawed, the bottom is set into a dado and a dado was cut for the top to slide in. After cutting the bevel on the top, I used a hand plane to finish the bevel. I built up the end to match the perimeter of the box. The turn know was drilled for a small brass nail, stuck in the end and cinched over on the inside. Finish was Danish Oil followed with Howards Feed N Wax, leaving a nice soft touch to the box. The interior was lined with a closed cell foam to house the Awl and Bevel Gauge.

Note: The Layout Tools were Walnut and Purpleheart, with brass. Finished with Danish Oil and Shellac. 

This was sent to a friend, that has given me a few turning blanks for a future project, which has been on the back burner for a few months. There are a good bunch of folks here.  (Enjoy Pottz)

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i sure will buddy,and i cant even thank you enough !

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Thanks Splinter. It was a fun build, and I am perfecting my process.

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Very nice box and the contents are superb.    


Thanks Ron. Just experimenting with boxes of different types. The tools I made up back in the Summer.

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i am very well pleased with my set 🎅🎅🎅



pottz’ initial tease picture did not do these justice. Eric showing he is a contender! Bravo! That’s some nice work there.
Thanks Barb. Just having fun with boxes.

Thanks Tony. You received the complete set.

Thanks Devin. No contender, I just enjoy making the small tools. Thinking about trying a plane again, either a router or a rabbet, not sure yet. I do have some tool steel left over from the knife swap.

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Eric this is a fine box. I’m building a similar one but with hinges. 

I don’t remember you working with walnut before. It works great with your design. 

James McIntyre

Thanks James. I have been experimenting with a few different ways to secure a box. I have used Walnut a few times, the boxes I made with the wooden hinges, top was Walnut and so were the hinges. I think I'll try the wooden hinges again. I need to experiment with a clasp made from wood.

Good to hear from you James, looking forward to seeing your project.

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James, I have a Box Swap posted. It would be great if you could join in on the Fun!

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Excellent work, Eric!

You have one of the best maker’s marks I’ve seen (the one in your avatar). Have you ever considered acquiring a small branding iron or the like so you could put a discrete mark (on the bottom or inside, etc.) on your creations?

Thanks Ron. I have thought about a branding iron. What I have been doing which takes less than 2 minutes, I have a stencil about 2" diameter. Draw it on the bottom and use a v-grove carving tool and cut the mark. I have also done a couple of smaller ones by hand.

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Pottz, Happy you like it. 

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What you’re doing probably looks better than what at a branding iron would produce. Thanks for explaining.
Really nicely done Eric. Beautiful!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Thanks Ron. One advantage of carving is that I can size it accordingly.

Thanks Ryan. It's practice for the Swap. Might try something new and challenging.

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Nice little box, Eric! Has Mrs. Pottz already claimed it? I think the only reason I’ve managed to hang onto mine is that my sweetie hasn’t figured anything to put in it yet.
Very nice storage container, the walnut wood with the super nice finish make this look fantastic. Great work here.