Saturday, November 5, 2016

The "Tool" Box

This idea has been rattling around my brain for a while, and I finally made it happen.  I wanted to make something special for my son and since he loves to work on trucks, it had to be tool-related.  I found an old wrench at the flea-market for $1 and decided to combine it with some pallet wood.
I wanted the wrench to be the handle and that was the tricky part. The ends had to be built from two pieces of wood notched to fit around the wrench.  I used my jigsaw to notch the wood little-by-little until the wrench fit.  Here's how they looked before assembly:
The pallet wood was cut, dry-brushed with white paint and rubbed with dark stain.  The pieces, in the above picture, had just been dry-brushed.
A piece of scrap wood was used for the bottom and more pallet wood was cut for the sides.


Once everything was cut, sanded, dry-brushed, stained, and sanded again, it was assembly time.  I don't have pictures of this part because I needed both hands!  After fitting the end pieces around the wrench I used super glue to adhere them together.  
Once both ends were done, it was simply a matter of nailing the box together and adding wooden 'caps' for the ends.
Obviously this is not a real toolbox, but I'm sure my son will find something to put in it.  This is his Christmas present, so don't say anything!!!!  I hope he likes it!

This project was a little tricky so I don't think I'll be making another one anytime soon, but I do like it's uniqueness!

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll let you know what he thinks of it when I give it to him.

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20 comments:

  1. The toolbox you built for your son with the wrench for a handle is so creative. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, and Make Link Party!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. It was a challenge, but I wanted something totally unique!

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  2. What a great idea - You amaze me with what you come up with! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party-and don’t forget to leave a comment at the party – Next week’s features that also leave a comment get pinned and tweeted!

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    1. Awww, thanks. Sometimes these ideas just pop into my head and it's a matter of figuring out how to make them happen! I'll be sure to leave a comment, too!

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  3. I love this tool box re-do :) I found your cute blog at Inspire Me Monday, and am glad I did!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, so glad you like it. I hope you'll be back again soon!

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  4. Your tool caddy with the wrench handle is very, very clever!

    Thank you for sharing and entering our under $10 Power Tool reader challenge. good luck!

    gail

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    1. Thanks Gail, I wanted it to be special for my son. Happy to share and thank you for such a great challenge!

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  5. I love how you used a wrench as the handle. Your son is going to love this. Good luck in the $10 and Under Power Tool Challenge!

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    1. I sure hope he does, Paula. Thanks for sponsoring this challenge!

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  6. I love the recycle! This would be a great idea for anyone who loves to work on outside projects or has room in the garage. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. I just tried to make something a 'little different' than most things you see. So glad you stopped by!

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  7. Love your idea of recyling an old wrench for a handle - very clever! Thanks for linking up to our Power Tool Reader Challenge.

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    1. Thank you, Marie. I was trying to think "outside the box"!
      So glad you stopped by!

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  8. Really cute Ann! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It. Hope to see you back again this weekend :)

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    1. Thank you so much - always love your party!!

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  9. Congratulations. You’ve been featured on this week’s Do it Yourself link up at the Pleasures of the NW! Stop by tomorrow when it’s live and grab your “I’ve been Featured” button!

    http://www.pleasuresofthenw.com/do-it-yourself-craft-projects-link-up-31/
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much. That makes my day! 😁

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  10. We’re so glad you party with us at Merry Monday. We always look forward to your projects.

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    1. Thank you, Shirley. It's always a pleasure!

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