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Here's a couple pictures of the start of a tool box dedicated just for blacksmithing demonstration tools.

Inside dimentions are 30-1/4"L x 8-3/4"W x 7-3/4"D. Finger jointed on the corners and an arched top. This is just a pine box, If I like the way it turns out with all forged hardware - I'll make one from oak.

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Here's a couple pictures of the start of a tool box dedicated just for blacksmithing demonstration tools. Inside dimentions are 30-1/4"L x 8-3/4"W x 7-3/4"D. Finger jointed on the corners and an arc

Very nice! I like to make my lids flat to use to hold tools when I'm working and to sit on when I'm not. Of course out here we don't get much in the way of precipitation...(and I don't bend down to pick tools up off the ground like I used to!)

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Here's todays work so far - perimeter of lid is glued and drying, cut the lid within sanding width, lid is sawn flat on the long bottom edges to glue to lid perimeter, cover glued up to the perimeter. Now just a little sanding on the outside of the cover to make the edges flush to fit the box and I'll be ready for the blacksmith to take over.

Ideas are running through my mind for the hardware..........wow what a busy place it is upstairs LOL

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Ok I got anxious and kept working on the box, lid is sanded and now I can start designing and making the furniture for it. I will give it some stain so it's not so white looking - more like a medium dark.

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Beautiful! Funny, I saw a carpenters' tool box on American Pickers last night that the carpenter put pointy nubs coming out the top of the lid. He didn't want anyone sitting on it. Think what we could make for that purpose!

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nice idea randy ! cannot Wait to see how you 'decorate' it jk - its So beautiful and perfect looking, as will be your ironwork. i would like to see work in the style of your ginger bread house pieces... :) i lov d that stuff!!!

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. Thank you for the kind comments - I have come up with some interesting ideas as far as the decorative hardware, I just have to work out some details, I think it will be a conversation piece when done. I will keep this thread updated.

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I found some "steel edging for gardens" once about 4" wide and nicely thick (the old stuff is much nicer than the new stuff) that made great stock to do ornate strap hinges---make a couple of chisels with various curves and use a treadle hammer, flypress or striker and you can cut and hammer out some lovely ornamented straps!

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This interests me a lot. I design and make furniture. Ever since I have started forging, I tried to find occasions to marry wood and steel. This tool box is beautifull. It should encourage all of us who are also familliar with wood to use both mediums. It is to this encouragment that I want to add..

I was fortunate lately that a young couple was interested with what I proposed. They thought about it. We worked together and the following pics show what we came up with : a large installation in the living room and storage.

It should be noted that the "large" installation actually permitted the customer to gain space in the room and to streamline what often appears as clutter.

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The storage made with steel is surprisingly light. The use of both mediums enables us to steer away from the boxy look. Two such storages were installed.

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I was very pleased with the possibilities this commission opened up. Steel as a structural element is so much more flexible than wood. Wood, however brings warmth to the design and, in the case of these shelves, does a better job than steel could do.

Are there others out there who mix the two? I would like to see what you do, your ideas.

Yves

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I will be making the hinges in the form of blacksmithing tongs for the top of the lid, the box side of the hinge will be a branch of leaves with the thick end of the branch acting as the hinge pin. These branches will have a curvish wavyness to them and be mounted on the back of the box.The tongs will will be clamped down on the branch. The side of the tongs against the lid will have a mounting plate attached to the lid with a couple tabs upwards that the tong reigns will be riveted to.
The hasp for the front of the lid....???? I'm working on a couple ideas yet that will incorporate a hammer and possibly a hand??? still deciding on that. Handles for the ends....unsure of type as of yet.

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I haven't gotten at the hardware yet, due to the change in mat'ls, - I'm making some from white oak at the moment and on the down hill slide with them. As soon as I'm done with these new boxes I'll get going on the hardware for the final finishing. Soon - very Soon.

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Well I finally got the white oak box done and ready for making the hardware. I like the pine box but I really like the oak better, and I'm glad I decided to switch to oak. I'm curious now to see how the hardware works out and will look on it.
Dimensions are 32" x 10-1/2" x 11-1/4" OD. Time to get some forging done now.

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Today I stopped at a friends cabinet shop to look at stain colors and to show him what i was dealing with, next thing I know I'm doing more sanding and staining the box. Here's a picture of the friend of mine spraying the first coat of clear laquer on it, it'll get 3 coats and he suggests some black glazing after that ? he says it gives the stain some depth. I'll run with that. I will sand it between coats tomorrow and I should be able to bring the box home tomorrow late afternoon after it drys.

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