Excerpt from Popular Mechanics Shop Notes Vol. 21,
Carpenters' Improved Tool Box
By EDWIN M. LOVE
The ideal carpenters' tool box should be light and strong,
simply built, with space enough for all tools used on the ordinary
job, and have a special place for each tool, so that the owner
can see at a glance what tools, if any, are missing.
The tool box shown in the accompanying illustration fulfills these
requirements almost perfectly, being but 31-1/4 in.
long, 8-1/4 in. wide, and 13-3/8 in.
high when closed, yet it opens into a vertical rack displaying
all tools to the sight, with the most frequently used tools removable
instantly and independently of the rest.
Tool box open ready for work, with saws on
Three-ply birch panel veneer, 3/8 in. thick, is
the material used, the main grain of the wood running length-wise
of the box on top, bottom and sides and verticaIIy on the ends.
Make glued butt joints, nailing with three-penny common nails
2 inches. Lay out the lid, bore the hinge holes in the top
of the box, and then rip the lid loose; this insures a perfect
fit without further work. Attach the hinges with machine screws
and nuts. The handles, made of hardwood in two pieces,
as shown in the drawing, enable both lid and box to serve in the
Make a bit rack, as shown, of two tapered blocks, A
and B, and place in the lid, block A being bored and
B slotted. This rack is for seven sizes, from 11/16 to
1-1/8 in., and the bits are placed shank to lip,
to save space. This rack is covered by the small-bit rack shown
in the lower right-hand detail. Make this, on a 3/8
by 6-5/8 by 9-1/2 in. veneer back, with 3/8
by 5/8 in. strips, and attach turnbuttons to hold the
bits. This rack is held firmly by the large-bit rack end stop,
two small stops glued to the bottom and side of the compartment,
and a small hook and eye attached to the end stop. By means of
light turnbuttons, a butt chisel, spokeshave, bevel square,
and gouge are held on the back of the smaller bit rack.