Roger Strautman
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Machinist Tool Box

A few years back I received my grandfathers machinist tool box and was so impressed of it’s quality that I just had to try my hand at making one. I acquired some leftover scraps of African ribbon striped mahogany from a construction job I worked on and used it to make the tool box. I made the entire box exactly like the old one except to gain more drawer space I used 18 gauge sheet metal attached to the bottom of the drawers with contact adhesive. As you can see I’m not a machinist so it houses my dremel supplies and other small carving supplies. This was a very gratifying project for me.

-- Roger Strautman

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-- Roger Strautman

It’s too nice for greasy machinist tools. Better for jewelry. Beautiful!

-- Losing fingers since 1969

I’m liking this. I’ve made this style of toolbox myself……it ain’t easy!

Handsome piece of work.


Wow! Thanks for sharing another of your beautiful, practical masterpieces!


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

Impressive piece Roger.

It look nice, unlike many chunky one I have seen.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Great looking toolbox. It certainly evokes the feel of yesteryear.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Great chest! A chest like this is on my to do list. Did you make your own plans for it?

I do not have any drawings because I just used the dimensions of the original. Sorry!

-- Roger Strautman

Very nice!
Where did you get the small Brass knobs?