Introduction: MICROMETER TOOL BOX
The idea behind this instructable is to safely store micrometers and access them from a single box. Space saving is crucial for my workshop and even a box less makes a big difference.They used to lay around in the workshop in plastic containers banging one another, so a wooden box was a necessity.
I own two Moore & Wright micrometers and a tiny unbranded one, so the box will be made to fit the two big ones. One is a metric and the other imperial. They are both high accuracy/precision tools and they deserve all the attention and care they can get.
This box can be modified to suit ones needs, to fit one, three, or even more micrometers and other tools.
For the construction, i used a length of flooring plywood which had a nice grain finish. All the pieces of this box were cut from a single piece.
I chose to use just wood, without any lining because i have no moisture issues in my workshop. All the tools are periodically lubricated with the appropriate oil and all preserved in a well heated, worm, moisture free environment.
Sometimes, a lining can be a blessing or a curse. Lining can have the moisture off and on the tool, if you get my point.
You just need basic tools. A miter saw can be very helpful, but a band saw or even a hand saw would do. Other than that, wood glue, two hinges and some small wood screws are the only things you will need.
First place the two micrometers with their accessories on a piece to define the final size and position.The size for me was 22cm x 18cm.
Cut templates. They will help you cutting the correct size of the female part which will hold the micrometers in place.
Cut two pieces of plywood for the two micrometers. The wood should be big enough to hold the micrometer but also small enough so as the tool to be easily removed.
Extra Tip: When cutting the female parts, make sure the wood grains have the same flow with the box base.
Miter cut four pieces 2cm high to form the box. Glue or under screw. I made both. Remove any excess glue. Make sure the grains are inside. It will give aesthetically better finish look.
Cut another piece, identical to the bottom to form the lid.
Cut two smaller lengths to form two compartments. These will store the micrometer spanners and gauges. Use glue and saw dust to form filling for the plywood gaps. Allow for the glue to dry and remove any excess. First sand and then use some varnish to cover the filled area.
Place the micrometers in place and secure them with the female parts. These parts can be either glued to the bottom of the box or screwed/nailed from underneath.Screw the lid in place.
Use any kind of varnish on the outside and you are done.
I used no lock for easier access.
Good luck building your own box.