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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Vintage Tool Trug

Following on from yesterday's post, I've done another bit of wombling that you might like.
 The hideous cheap plastic toolbox that I've had since I was a teen has finally given up the ghost. Since money is tight and I don't believe in buying new unless you have to I thought I'd get creative with some of the scrap timber we have lying around at work.


I drew inspiration from the vintage tool trugs that my great grandad used to have in his garage, he was forever making things for himself and I had a massive respect for the things he could do when I was a child. Long after he passed I would beg to play in the garage with all the tools and inventions every time we visited my great grandmother.

I stared by sketching up what I wanted and working out what length would suit me best etc, then cut the pieces and cut the corners off the sides


All that was left then was to cut a length of broken broom handle we had lying around in the yard to serve as the handle, and screw it all together.

I used glue aswell as screws as I have a tendency to overengineer pretty much anything I make, resulting in them usually weighing a ton and lasting a lifetime.


And there you have it! Now I'm no carpenter, and the scrap it is made from is far from perfect, but it suits me just fine. A little rustic and rough around the edges just like it's owner!

I'm sure my friend Mr Alviti could make something REALLY nice like this since he's a chippy and really good at this stuff, I'll probably stain mine and get Carly to pyrograph something cool on it so you don't notice how bad my carpentry skills are!




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  1. Grandad Fred would be so proud of you for making this... think we all used to love his garage, I made a "bed" for my barbie dolls in there when I was a kid xx

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  2. Grandad Fred would be so proud of you for making this... think we all used to love his garage, I made a "bed" for my barbie dolls in there when I was a kid xx

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  3. It looks briliant well done, I love home made more thought and a bit of you has gone into into unlike a bit of plastic, next you will have to make a little work bench for the little ones and get them some tools, my dad was good with wood, he made a work bench for my son when he was 3 and it finally bit the dust the year we were moving 39 years later :-)

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  4. Perfect for tool storage! We have one just like it but made of metal, it used to belong to a grandfather.

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    1. back when things were built to last a lifetime, not just until you got it home!

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  5. Looks good, ideal for the job it's needed to do. I love making something that I'll use again and again. Nothing makes me happier than making things to go in my workshop or shed's!
    I've never made a tool box so you're one up on me! but I think I have well over twenty plastic ones, some posh some not so much!

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  6. Looks good, ideal for the job it's needed to do. I love making something that I'll use again and again. Nothing makes me happier than making things to go in my workshop or shed's!
    I've never made a tool box so you're one up on me! but I think I have well over twenty plastic ones, some posh some not so much!

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    1. It's funny, the thing I've made that is the most useful is also the most simple, the quails poop scoop! goes to show you that things don't have to be complicated to do a job. simple, sturdy and easily repaired, the way things should be

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  7. I love the feel of wood, so yours will always be better than anything brilliant made out of plastic. Broom handle brilliant all nice and smooth.

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    1. me too, I'm a bit obsessed, I hate the fake and veneered stuff, they are just no match for real solid wood

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  8. That is so good..i love to see the old ways keep going..your great grandad would be pleased i hope.
    well done
    sara

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  9. Well done. That's a wonderfully useful tool box:)

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    1. thank you! it's a bit on the heavy side but then again I don't have to use it on a daily basis so i'm not too worried about that :)

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  10. That's one classy box; well done (I think I'd have made the handle go right through the side bits).

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    1. Thanks Cro, I think maybe next time I'll do thant, great idea. I'd love to dovetail the corner joints too but I fear that may be well out of my skillset!

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    2. Dovetailing is easy as long as you measure properly :) (i did construction at college, which included joinery lol)

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  11. What a great idea! i'll be honest we don't really have all that many tools , they are just in a box on top of the fridge, my toolbox is actually in use to keep seed packets in lol
    Though seeing as i have a bike now i can see my tool collection growing rapidly haha :)

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