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Paul hardy
06-05-2014, 9:40 AM
I donít post here much; Iím usually busy getting all my questions answered and getting new ideas. So hereís a bit of pay it forward for all of you that Iíve learned from. Maybe some of you can use this idea too.

I like a bit of organization; I hate not being able to find tools when I need them. So I started looking for a way to organize paint fills, glue brushes, etc. I was a machinist a long time ago, so Iím used to a toolbox w/ a bunch of drawers. I couldnít justify the price of even a used Kennedy (much less a Gerstner) for this kind of stuff. So, any idea was hatched.

This is based off of a Kennedy machinist chest. Itís about 20 in wide x 12 in tall x 8 in deep. Itís not perfect, but I am obviously not making to time to tweak it at this point. As an example, the thin drawers on the right hand side are about 1/8 too short to fit gilders paste. The long drawers work great for it though !

The lid will latch closed, or it will flip all the way over and lie flat against the back. The upper tray area is about 2 1/2 in deep.

Itís takes about a full 4x8 sheet of 3/16 hardboard to make. The largest single piece is about 20 x 11 1/8.

It is an exercise in alignment to get it assembledÖ. there are about a dozen pieces that make up the case.

The corel file is from X5. Itís set up w/ 3 different ways to cut. The full toolbox is the Ďmach caseí page. The Ďlong caseí page is just the lower 3 drawers; the Ďnarrow caseí page is just the upper 5 drawers. The long case and narrow case are the same size, so you can stack as many as you want.



Mike Null
06-05-2014, 10:03 AM

Thanks very much.

That's a great looking project and I would guess a lot of hard design work.

Jeff Belany
06-05-2014, 11:08 AM
Looks like a very useful project. Thanks for sharing. Any chance you could send it as an earlier version?

Jeff in northern Wisconsin

William Adams
06-05-2014, 2:43 PM
Or post it as a .pdf or .svg for those of us who don't have CorelDRAW? (actually, I do have a copy --- somewhere, an old SE version from $5 Dollar Software back when they sold real software bargains).

George M. Perzel
06-05-2014, 6:43 PM
It's a six page Corel File-
I can convert each page to an svg but not sure if i can post them all.
Email me-gmperzel@rochester.rr.com and will send them directly.
Best Regards,

Mark Ward
06-06-2014, 5:14 AM
That looks superb Paul, I might well give this a go myself.:cool:
Is that 5mm timber you are using?

Paul hardy
06-06-2014, 4:25 PM
The material is 3/16 hardboard. Just a bit under 5mm.

Here is the file as a PDF. You'll probably have to do some copy/paste to get what you need for your laser since the page size is 48x36; yeah we've got a pretty big laser bed. :)

Each page has all of the components for that part of the toolbox..... ie the long drawers are all on one page, the full machinist case is all on another page.


Paul hardy
06-06-2014, 4:27 PM
Looks like a very useful project. Thanks for sharing. Any chance you could send it as an earlier version?

I can export it as another version. What version does it need to be?

Paul hardy
06-06-2014, 4:32 PM
For anyone who is going to try this..... I suggest dry fitting the entire thing 1st. You learn a lot that way. There are so many notches that need glue and so many parts that need to fit together, if you load up the glue and then try to fit it all on the 1st try you'll probably end up wearing about half of the glue. :)

oh and there is on narrow strip in the file. It is glued on the lid along the hinge pins to double the thickness; made the lid much sturdier that way. It would also be very easy to do the lid out of clear acrylic and have a see thru top compartment.

William Adams
06-06-2014, 10:45 PM
Tried e-mailing, but AOL couldn't get the message through --- thanks for the .pdf!

Alexa Ristow
06-07-2014, 3:19 AM
Hi Paul.......
x3. Please please please...
many thanks,

Paul hardy
06-07-2014, 8:40 AM
Hi Paul.......
x3. Please please please...

Who could resist THAT?
X3 version it is.


eduard rodriguez
06-09-2014, 3:04 PM
much appreciated Paul!

Steve Morris
06-11-2014, 6:06 PM
Nice one Paul, many thanks :)

stan kern
06-11-2014, 9:25 PM
thanks a lot ,looks like a good project and something usefull

Greg Bednar
06-19-2014, 1:07 PM
Very nice Paul. Thank you so much.

Bill Reibelt
12-26-2014, 2:02 AM
Thanks for the design.