Step 4: Extras

I routed the edges with a chamfer bit. If I were to do this project again, I'd only do the top three edges of the end pieces--the edges most likely to peel/splinter from heavy use.

***If you want to stain your wood, now would be the best time. I liked the look as it is, so I didn't stain it.***

Then I sprayed polyurethane over every face. This is something I do recommend, but also not necessary.

I also coated the rebar with a rust resisting paint after cleaning the rust off with a wire wheel. I DO NOT recommend this--at least at this stage--before trying to squeeze the bar through the tight handle holes. Most of the paint right off and I wound up having to use the wire wheel to strip it clean again. Learn from my mistakes.

<p>Nice Tool Box. The design is excellent!!</p>
Looks like a fine tool tote to me. Good job!
Thanks. I've never put so much thought into design before.
It is amazing what we are capable of if we allow ourselves to do them. One of my favorite sayings is the only limits are the ones we place upon ourselves. I am working on a challenging project right now and I just got what I think is yet another brilliant idea for it myself as I drifted off to sleep last night. Now I'm happy I procrastinated and didn't do what I was going to do originally. So what I'm trying to say is it pays to put in that thinking time. After everything is all done the only thing that matters is the end results. Not how long it took you, or how much work you did etc. All of that is in the past and you are left with what you have. I'd rather do a few great things than a bunch of so so things. As others wiser than me have said, anything worth doing is worth doing right. <br> <br>So keep on thinking, designing, then choosing the best you can!
Good recycling! If the rebar gets to be too much for your hands (which may depend partly on the state of calluses and partly on how often you wear gloves), you might try a string wrap to soften the grip.
That's a good idea. The rebar isn't too tough after cleaning it with the wire brush but the skin on my hands are pretty baseball glove-like :P

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