Mike's Toolbox


So, this project idea started a few months ago when I saw a version of this toolbox online:

First thought was “wow, what a nice design”. Second thought was “wow, they want $200 for what is probably a pretty easy project”.

Couple months went by and a friend of mine was having a birthday. I though that it would be a good time to build one of the toolboxes and play around a bit with the design.

As I went through the design and build, I realized that this was not either simple nor practical;
-the original design has a top that is either nailed or glued and allows for no wood movement
-the thin sides make it difficult to create a groove that allows for wood movement, and a shallow groove or rabbet for the bottom makes the whole box flimsy when carried by the handle, which is attached to the bottom only.
-the bottom appears to be a thin piece of wood that is either glued or nailed

This lead to me re-designing the top to be two shiplapped pieces and a bottom which is plywood, both for strength and stability. Overall, it is still impractical, I think if my friend really loads this up with tools the bottom will fail. I think if I was to build this again, I’d rabbet a 1/2" plywood bottom into the sides rather than the 1/4 I used.

Overall though was a fun project to build. Good practice hand cutting dovetails and fun to play with an established design.

Cherry and walnut with 4 coats of Minwax “tung oil”

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Still….nice dovetails!

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)


The toolbox turned out great. If your friend’s tools are too heavy for it maybe his wife can confiscate it for her lipstick and nail polish!


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Just a great looking toolbox. I would be proud to make something lite that.

— Madts.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Thanks everyone, appreciate the comments!

Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Nice work a very cool design.

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that’s neat. nicely executed.

Very nice!

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