Well, Miss Julie made me put my thinking cap on. I’ve never built one before but my criteria quickly became all nit picky like and soon realized I needed to build my own after all.
I wanted it a certain size.
I wanted it to look old, authentic and in my trademarked woodsy preference.
I wanted it original in some way.
I wanted it to be easy to build. (read: CHEAT)
Could I do it? Well by golly, I was gonna give it my best shot!
How I built my toolbox…
Front, back and bottom
1 2 3 – I measured out how long I wanted my toolbox and cut the first piece. I then used that piece as a guide for the other two. These pieces would become the front, back and bottom.
4 – I dry fit it to get a visual. LOVED the wood patina and nail holes.
Once I decided how tall I desired the sides to rise, I cut a board twice that long so I could make both sides at once.
5 – The board was clamped to two sawhorses for stability while cutting with a jigsaw. I drew one side, then cut it. (with a dull blade… use a sharp one!)
6 – I used the cut piece to transfer the design to the other side.
7 – The old board got a good sanding.
8 – The middle of the board was measured out.
9 – The board was cut in the middle, creating the two sides.
10 – Everything got another good sanding, especially the edges and ends, but care was given to not overdo it as I wanted to maintain the squareness of the edges.
11 – I dry fit to ensure it was working. It was! So hmmm… what’s that old tyme drill for anyway? You shall soon see.
12 – I used a spade bit in the cordless drill to drill the holes in the sides for the handle.
13 – After one hole was drilled, I used it as a template for the next hole position.
14 and 15 – I didn’t drill right through this time. Yet.
16 – I re clamped the board back onto the saw horse and jigsawed two small cuts leading up to the intended hole.
17 and 18 – I then finished drilling the hole. You see, I needed a slot for…
19 – the drill handle of course! The blade end of the (VERY DULL) drill slips into one hole, and the handle slips into the slot of the other.
20 – I predrilled and nailed all of the pieces together….
And called it done.
I loved it but it needed a small tweak….
So I added an authentic cow tag from my parent’s farm onto the box. Perfect!
It now tells a story. My dad’s back shed was all about rusty tools. This little tool box most certainly brings back farm life memories.
And with an authentic keepsake from that very place.
While I loved it as is, I really needed the toolbox for a different purpose.
So it became a kitchen essential.
It’s the perfect little telephone companion!
It holds just what I need with junk style, looks pretty authentic, is indeed original with that handle, and I now can proudly say I built a tool box! Thanks Julie!
But that’s not all.
Tune in Friday night at Saturday Nite Special to see the OTHER one I made for the flowers. Make sure your builds are ready too cuz we’re gonna party with them!
Did you miss the toolbox series?
Part 1 – inspiration
Part 2 – how to build one
The one board toolbox build. Way easy.
What’s stopping you now?