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No matter where you live, odds are you are going to need a tool box to put your tools in. These tools don't have to be anything special like mechanics tools or tools for building computers, they can be your basic screwdrivers, channel locks, wrenches, pliers and hammer. while you may be thinking why can't i stick these tools into a random draw in my house and pull them out when I need them, the point of a tool of a toll box is that all your tools are in one place so that when you need them you have them and don't have to be searching high or low to find your tools. This tool box will be built out of wood and is the tradition carpenters tool box. Maybe some of the tools that you use to make this box can make a home in your toolbox.

Step 1: Materials

To build this tool box you will need

one piece of 1x4 #2 common pine 48 inches long

two pieces of 1x8#2 common pine 48 inches long

one 1 inch diameter dowel 24 inches long

60 grit sand paper

120 grit sand paper

220 grit sand paper

clamps

wood putty

Polyacrilic wood sealer

Nail Gun

drill press

orbital sander

sheet sander

circular saw

band saw

belt sander

vacum

gloves

eye protection

Step 2: Step 1: Measuring the Wood - Cutting Wood Down to Size

  1. First take your 1x8 #2 common pine 48'' board and lay it on a flat surface.
  2. Get a ruler and a speed square and a pencil, the board needs to be cut to size before applying this cutting schematic. The board has to be cut to 7'' wide and 37'' long.
  3. Use the ruler and the Speed square to draw the lines taking 1'' from the diameter of the whole board and take 11'' from the length of the board.
  4. Use the Speed Square to make sure your lines are straight.
  5. Next put on your gloves and googles, Clamp your wood to the table and take out your circular saw.
  6. Use the circular saw to cut the excess material from the wood
  7. Remove the clamps and take out the cutting diagram.
  8. Using a ruler and the speed square copy the diagram onto the wood
  9. Once that is complete it is time to move onto the next part.
  10. Take your 1x4 #2 common pine 48'' board and lay it on a flat surface.
  11. Get a ruler and a speed square and a pencil, the board needs to be cut to size before applying this cutting schematic. The board has to be cut to 34'' long and 3'' wide.
  12. Next put on your gloves and googles, Clamp your wood to the table and take out your circular saw.
  13. Use the circular saw to cut the excess material from the wood
  14. Remove the clamps and take out the cutting diagram.
  15. Using a ruler and the speed square copy the diagram onto the wood
  16. Once that is complete it is time to move onto the next part.

Step 3: Step 2: Cutting Wood

  1. Clamp the 1x8 #2 common pine (now 1x7) onto onto the table and put back on your googles and gloves
  2. Take out your circular saw
  3. the first cut that you are going to make is cutting the first end off of the wood.
  4. make the cut.
  5. next remove the clamps and shift the board over so that the other end is over the cutting area.
  6. Clamp the wood down and use the circular saw to cut the other end off the wood.
  7. next remove the clamps and put the pieces on a separate table
  8. next take your 1x4 common pine (now 1x3) and clamp it onto the table.
  9. execute your one and only cut down the middle.
  10. remove the clamps and take all your pieces with you
  11. Next make your way over to the band saw
  12. position your hands the proper way as seen in the picture.
  13. next cut the corners off of your tool box where it was marked
  14. after your cut the corners off of the first side pick up your next side and cut the corners off of it where it was marker
  15. now that you cut all your wood it is time to make the holes for the handle so make your way over to your drill press

Step 4: Step 3: Drilling Hole in Sides for Handle

  1. get a ruler and a speed square and a pencil so that you can find the center of the board
  2. after you find the center of the top of the end measure 1.5'' down and mark the point
  3. next go over to your drill press and get the chuck and stick it into the drill head so that you can load a bit.
  4. get a 1'' paddle bit and load it into the drill and tighten it with the chuck
  5. position your end piece under the wood
  6. next turn on the assistive lasers and line up the cross the lasers form onto the mark.
  7. next clap the wood into position.
  8. Turn on the drill press
  9. slowly turn the handle and move at a constant speed through the wood
  10. when it drill cannot go down any farther slowly crank the handle in the opposite position and turn off the drill press
  11. unclamp the wood and repeat with the other side.
  12. after you are done it is time to sand

Step 5: Step 4: Sanding

  1. first take your bottom piece and go over to the belt sander.
  2. turn on the belt sander
  3. take the bottom and hold the end at a 90 degree angle and sand the bottom to make the end even.
  4. do that on all 4 sides
  5. next take your end pieces and use the belt sander to round the top edges on your end pieces leaving the 7'' side perfectly square
  6. do this with the side as well leaving the 3'' pieces and the bottom 17'' piece square and rounding the top 17'' piece
  7. next go over to the tables and take the orbital sander and put a 60 grit pad on it and sand all of the pieces than go to a 120 grit after that is done.
  8. next take the pad sander and sand with a 120 grit sand paper making sure you are going with the grain
  9. next take a piece of 220 grit sand paper and sand all the pieces by hand making sure you are going in the direction of the grain
  10. after that is done it is time to assemble to tool box

Step 6: Step 4: Assembly

  1. start with the base and put one of the sides on, use wood glue before you put the sides on than after wood glue is put on get out your nail gun
  2. next nail that side together putting a conservative amount of nails in and repeat with the other side
  3. your sides should be flush with the end of your board next it is time to put on the sides
  4. make sure the sides are flush and than glue the ends on and make sure ends are flush with sides and bottom
  5. next use the nail gun to nail your ends in place.
  6. Next get a dowel and clamp it down to a table and cut it down to 17''
  7. put the dowel through the holes and nail it in.
  8. now it is time to stain your tool box

Step 7: Step 5: Staining Wood Putty and Polyacrylic

  1. Next look at your wood and see fi you have any gaps
  2. if you have any gaps it is time to take out the wood putty
  3. get a paper towel and the jar of wood putty
  4. Using the wood putty and your finger fill in the gaps that you find in the wood
  5. using your finger make sure that there isn't excess wood putty and that when you fill in the cracks and gaps wiping off any of the excess on your finger with a paper towel
  6. let it dry for 15 minutes
  7. after it is dry sand with 220 grit sand repeat until you are happy with the results
  8. Next it is time to stain the tool box.
  9. Take out your wood stain and a old rag
  10. making sure that you are wearing gloves dip your rag into the wood stain and get the stain onto the rag.
  11. going with the direction of the wood make sure that you you cover all areas
  12. once the wood is covered let it sit for about 20 min and than take a clean rag and wipe off any of the excess repeat as necessary. The more stain you put on the darker the wood gets.
  13. next let the stain dry for 24 hours
  14. than get out your poly acrylic
  15. using a paint brush apply a coat of poly acrylic making sure that you go with the grain of the wood and that you don't leave excess on. Make sure you work at a steady pace because the poly acrylic is water based meaning it will dry pretty quickly
  16. after you cover the whole toolbox let it dry for 2-3 hours
  17. after it is done drying take 220 grit sand paper and sand down the poly acrylic making sure you go with the grain of the wood and that it is smooth
  18. next put on the second coat of poly acrylic following the same instructions as before
  19. after the second coat dries sand again
  20. apply the third and final coat of poly acrylic and let it dry after it is dry you do not need to sand the tool box
  21. sit back and enjoy your finished toolbox

great project. did you guys win a Ryobi tool competition?

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