Fireman Storage Box

My niece asked me to make a box for her husband to put “stuff” related to his career as a fireman in. She provided specs based on the cardboard box he currently uses to store such “stuff” but nothing more in regard to style, wood type, finish etc. 
I opted to go for an aged look. 

Started by resawing an old barnboard(oak) for the case. 

After planing and sizing the pieces for the box it was on to cutting Box joints for a “vintage look.

Dados on the front and back panels, aligned with the box joints to fit the birch ply bottom.

Then on to building the lid panel. I milled boards from a log my brother brought me. He called the wood swamp oak. Glued up panel.

Next, milled some cherry to frame the lid.

Milled the bottom trim with a groove to capture the box panels. This provide the bottom panel support on the ends that I didn’t dado.

Decided to make a wood hinge.

After some trial and error was satisfied with the hinge and stop.
Lined interior with birch ply.

Added a hasp purchased from Van Dyke’s Restorers and laser engraved their name on the top. Finished with 4 coats diluted shellac wiped on followed with 2 coats of paste wax.
She didn’t want a lock so I made this Oak fireman’s ax instead. 

Thanks for looking.


thanks for showing ! wow dan over the top man. how could he not love that knowing the work put into it ! the axe latch is so cool !

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

Nicely done!

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

Nicely done, good box joints, all looks great.  


What a well-thought project.  Using the ax as the front clasp is a great feature. Nicely done!
He's gonna be blown away! So clever using the axe and the repurposed oak was a great choice.

.................. John D....................

All sorts of character screams out from that box, nice work!
 I opted to go for an aged look.  

Objective achieved. Neat tight box joints with a great write up.

Love those hinges and the axe.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Thanks for all the kind comments. I appreciate y’all! 

That is a perfect box for a fireman! There is a lot to appreciate, but the axe latch is awesome!
Thanks Steve. I appreciate your comment.

Really Cool!  Love the details....they make this piece!


Great touch with the axe... nicely done 
Just amazing. That is a lot of good and creative work that went into this beautiful box. 
Mad, Moke, Tom, thanks for your comments. The fire axe was a hit with his wife. She’ll give him the box when he comes off shift today .
Jeff, your comments are much appreciated. I’m in awe of your gorgeous marquetry boxes.