Toolbox From Reclaimed Materials




About: As a kid I got fascinated with making things. I'm still a kid

My hand tools have been all over the place for a while and I had some reclaimed plywood and other parts kind of in the way so I thought I would put it all together in the shape of a toolbox or tool chest.

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Step 1: Designing the Toolbox

I started by measuring and adjusting the drawer sliders so that they were all the same length.

Then based on that and the plywood I had I made a quick CAD model to define the look and dimensions and also to make sure I had enough wood.

I always find that taking the time to make a model and cut list saves me lots of time later on as I make less mistakes and the build feels more relaxed.

Step 2: Making the Outer Box

Then I cut all the pieces to size and glue them together with rabbets and dadoes. It's really nice to work with good quality plywood once in a while.

This took quite a while to make sure everything fit nicely but it really pays off later when you have to glue everything together.

I've also cut holes to use as handles, and then with the round-over bit on the router i made sure that the edges that your hands touch frequently are not sharp.

Step 3: Making and Fitting the Drawers

I then made the boxes out of a simple rabbet construction and glue them all together as I wanted them nice and strong.

The trickiest part was to install the drawer slides as I've never done it before, but with some clamps and a lot of measuring it wasn't that bad.

Finding pieces of wood that are the perfect size to shim the slides in the right position was a big help.

Step 4: Drawer Fronts and Final Touches

I finished by doing some drawer faces out of reclaimed flooring. I've also cut finger holes to pull the drawers out as I wanted the fronts to be flush.

The pain on the plywood was still good so I gave it a light sand to bring back the white and put down stickers from all the great YouTube makers I met at Makers Central back in May 2018.

Now I'm one step closer to having a somewhat tidier workshop :)



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    8 Discussions


    1 year ago

    It looks good simple and effective. Cheers


    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    Hello, Would it be possible to get a PDF of the named parts and dimensions? I am thinking of modifying it a bit by putting together with screws or maybe even dowel pegs. I am even thinking to use wood as slides for the dowels. I just need to see a relatively step by step instruction on construction. Thank you for your time and this was a great build.

    Kink Jarfold

    1 year ago on Step 4

    Andre, wonderful build and great fix of the tilting problem at the end. I like how you pimped it up with the stickers. All in all, a job well done.


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    1 year ago

    I really like this design a lot, and it's something I could use in my shop. Great work, nicely done!!

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    1 year ago

    Looks great!..simple yet functional..I love the feel of doing it DIYed.

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