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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:30 pm 
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…the hexagonal wooden tool wrap mentioned in Jim Tolpin’s, The Toolbox Book. Since I needed a place to keep the new knives that I made plus the other spoon making tools, I thought to re create it in my own fashion.

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In the book, Jim encourages the reader to adjust the dimensions to fit their own tool collection. In my case, I made the box just a bit larger in order to accommodate my carving axe as well as my knives. Other changes were using douglas fir instead of cherry, making the carry strap detachable, and adding a short carry handle.

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I used #14 ring nails wherever fasteners were required, and finished it with boiled linseed oil. For me, there is something magical about the combination of doug fir and linseed oil. It’s like the two were made for each other.

The leather bits are simple vegetable tanned leather, stained and oiled with neetsfoot oil. The plans call for tool loops on the inside to hold tools onto the three wrapping panels. I haven’t added those yet as I want to see how I end up using the box first. I also intended to put a buckle on the shoulder strap to allow length adjustment. However, the buckle I want is back ordered, so that’s still to do.

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My initial impression is that the box is easy and comfortable to carry, and allows quick and easy access to the tools. Time will tell if my impressions are justified and if the box provides the protection the tools deserve.

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Wow that is really nice Tom. Not what I expected on the inside. I thought it would unroll flat and have leather loops on the inside of the panels and perhaps a canvas wrap as well to take up more of the inside space.


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Thanks, Paul,

It's supposed to have leather loops on the inside, but I've decided to wait and see what goes where before I install them.

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Great craftsmanship, Tom! Very inspirational. Is there a hinge there?

Thanks for posting!

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Thanks Don,

Just the leather straps that wrap around the box.

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Pretty unique Tom. I like the design.
The leather work looks real nice too.
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