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Saturday, June 04, 2011

The Box I Built

What does a chop saw, a skilsaw, a drill press, and a nail gun all have in common? They’re all power tools I learned to use last weekend when I built this:

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A few weeks ago I read about a challenge to build an old-fashioned toolbox on Funky Junk Interiors. The blog author had a guest post a tutorial with directions and possible dimensions. I showed it to Greg and he was more than happy to help me put this together.

Unfortunately we didn’t have any old wood to use, but there was some leftover pine from a couple of woodworking projects Greg’s been working on. He found enough pieces to put the toolbox together. I kind of pounded on them and sanded a bit of the paint off, and scratched it a little. The handle is just a plain wooden dowel.

So it took just about an hour for me to get through all of the measuring, cutting, sanding, and nailing. (Less time than it’s taking me to write this blog post…)

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True confession: I’m pretty scared of power tools with sharp blades, so the chop saw was not my favorite thing. You know what I did like? The drill press and the nail gun! I did really well with the Forstner bit on the drill press, cutting out the circular hole for the handle. And that nail gun? Pow-er-ful! I coulda nailed stuff all day long!

So what will I do with my new creation? There are so many possibilities! I love it with the geraniums:

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And we can use it for picnics for napkins and utensils:

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Or use it to take a sweet little picnic out to the fire pit for a relaxing and romantic at-home date:

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Anybody want one for Christmas? Cuz I wanna make some more!

4 comments:

Rhonda said...

I am so impressed! you did great.
I think you should make yourself several so you can use in all your pretty rooms.

power tools are not my cup of tea so I won't be making one but I sure like yours.

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Hi Tammy, wow I'm so proud of you for making such a great tool box!

And I just LOVE the color, it's my favourite.

Way to go, I hope this is just the first of many more wood creations!

Msrobin said...

I was already to be brave and tackle this, but then I saw all the cool tools your hubby has. No such things here! You did great, I love it, especially in blue.

Heidi said...

Me...me...me.......

You are my hero! I just recently talked on CHL about wanting to learn to drill holes and here you are operating this monster. Amazing!

Great job!

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi