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Machinistchest
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passing it on

Post by Machinistchest » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:08 pm

I have an intresting story I`d like to share about a old retired chap from Green bay WI. His name is Wayne. I`m not sure of his age however Wayne had called to place his order (because he dosen`t own a computer) for five Woodsmith hardware kits, he`s planning to build one each of the chest plan for his five grandsons.

Of coarse we got to talking and I asked him where he gets his wood from. He replied Well son, I had cut down an old oak tree out in the back yard that I had planted when I was a kid.

Just awesome! Ole Gramp`s Toolbox, home growen and hand made...MC
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Regarding wood boxes

Post by 10 Wheeler Rob » Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:55 pm

It is not the wood acting as a desiccant as much as the wood is thermal insulator rather then a good conductor like steel. Because it insulates the tools do not go up and down in temperature as much, which results in less water vapor from the air condensing on them, and less water is less rust.

Similar as to why putting a car battery on wood board on cement floor, battery stays warmer and less water condenses on it to cause it to discharge.

These are not wise-tales, it dose make a significant difference. I find having a heated shop with a dehumidifier works quite well too.

Rob

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Post by bjmh46 » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:31 am

Loosely based on a Popular Mechanics plan available free on the net. Mine (finished last week) is made from the last of my "gnarly" walnut that's been on my wood rack for about 10 years.

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Post by Russ Hanscom » Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:58 am

Too nice, that belongs in the house full of the heirloom silverware.

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Post by Steve_in_Mich » Sun Jan 24, 2010 1:00 pm

bjmh46, Sooo Sweeet
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Post by Harold_V » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:24 pm

Walnut has always been the wood of choice for me.
Beautiful box! I envy you your wood-working skills.

Harold

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Post by bjmh46 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:56 am

Thanks Harold, Steve, and Russ for the kind comments!

Bob

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Post by Machinistchest » Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:58 pm

Bob ,

Just awesome and insperational ,

My dilemma has been finding a good wood source , at a price that would make it worth my while, processing the wood is so labor intensive. I have a set of plans for nice little cantilever utility box with a tray that folds out that I would like to test and see if there`s a market for .

Just to get an idea of how much wood costs I have been researching all over and came up with this guy he has the best selection with the most sizes in the thinner boards.

http://www.hardwoodboardsource.com/waln ... 6_237.html

I don`t mean to change the topic here however if one were to build a box a good wood source is a great place to start...MC
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Post by Packard V8 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:34 am

Beautiful work is it's own reward.

For nearly forty years I've been collecting wood, hardware, plans and ideas for making a wood machinist's chest. There is still hope it will still get done.

However, it'll be made for the pleasure of the process, not function. Some the hardware kits referenced above cost $140 and up. I've been buying the Kennedy #525 chests for $25-50, depending upon condition. Currently, I have seven of these, plus two larger machinist chests, one two drawer riser and twelve or fourteen mechanics tool boxes. There is no such thing as too many tools or tool boxes, but I'm getting there.

Bottom line, high quality steel tool boxes are all over craigslist, yard sales, estate sales for less than the cost of hardware and wood, counting nothing for the labor. Do it for beauty, do it for love of the process, just don't expect it to make any practical sense.

thnx, jack vines

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Metal box

Post by Machinistchest » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:59 am

Hey Jack,

How`s the hardware holden up on that old Kennedy box, there wasen`t much of it, but for spring snaps and handle cleats. Kennedy was founded somwhere around the 1920`s I figure there must be at least a million + in the market.

Their top handles held up really well they were vinyl coated . I`v noticed that most of the early vintage crome plated hardware is pitted and or rusting.

The fasteners were a bit different, semi tubular rivets as opposed to split rivets for the wooden chests

I`v just recently found the manufacturer for the metal box hardware, probably start offering it some time this year. The one CLICK kit concept
has proven to be very successful. But like I said there`s not much to a Kennedy Kit, probably sell for under $20 w/ free shipping...MC
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Post by KenHMT » Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:08 am

bjmh46 wrote:Loosely based on a Popular Mechanics plan available free on the net. Mine (finished last week) is made from the last of my "gnarly" walnut that's been on my wood rack for about 10 years.

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Gorgeous!!

Added to the homemadetools.net database: http://www.homemadetools.net/walnut-machinists-chest

Ken

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