I love my wrench set. I really don't like adjustable wrenches, as they always seem to jam up, so I try to use my combination (aka. normal) wrenches. But, it is always so hard digging around at the bottom of my toolbox, trying to find the right size. That is what these boxes are for. They are very light, they don't make too much noise when the box is moved, not to mention the beautiful, classy look they have to them. Read on for a list of materials...
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Step 1: Things You Need
Here is a list of what you need:
- 9.5 x 10 x .75 inch Pine board (x2)
- 2 x 10 x .75 inch Pine board (x2)
- 2 x 11.5 x .75 inch Pine board (x2) (these first three points were cut from the same board)
- Stain of your preference (dark looks really nice)
- 1 inch wide strip of leather (about 10 inches long)
- 1 hinge (or two small hinges)
- 1 latch
- you will need screws or nails throughout the project, I used what I could get my hands on, it doesn't really matter whether you use nails or screws
Step 2: Making the Body
Lets get started. Fasten together (using nails or screws) the two shorter pieces to the two longer ones so that the make a square. MAKE SURE you fasten them with the ends of the smaller ones on the sides of the bigger ones (see the picture). Next, put the board into the square and attach from the sides so that it is flush with the bottom. Now is a good time to sand even.
Step 3: Attaching the Hardware
Now, position the hinge at the center of one of the edges. Attach to the body of the box, and get the other board. This board will be the lid. Attach the lid to the hinge, and then attach the latch. Now comes the fun part...
Step 4: Fastening the Wrenches
Position the wrenches inside the box how you want them to sit. Drive nails (or screws) halfway into the bottom board at the open and closed ends of the wrench. This will keep it relatively still when the box is picked up and moved. I used smaller nails for the smallest four wrenches, then moved up to larger nails. Test the lid, and try to close the box. If it doesn't close, some of the nails might not be driven in enough. When you get the lid to sit flush when closed, move onto the next step...
Step 5: Staining and Finishing Touches
Remove the hinge and latch, and apply your stain. Follow the directions on the can. When it is dry, put the hardware back on and get your leather strip. Position it on the top of the box where you want one end, and fasten with a nail or screw. Bend the other end so it is symmetrical and fasten it in place.
Step 6: You're Done!
Congrats! You have made a beautiful box for transporting your wrenches to and from your projects! This was a great build for me, although I was planning to make a removable tray for the inside so I could store my metric wrenches as well (this box has my imperial wrenches in it). I am actually happier with the outcome, though, as I will make a matching box for my metric wrenches, so I only have to take the set I need.I hope you enjoyed this instructable, comment below on what I should make next!