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    Joiner's toolbox

    One day, in 1984, a colleague who had been with me on a wood machining course asked whether I would like some maple, for free. Well, of course, I did. "I'll drop it round to your place," he said. And sure enough, I came home a couple of days later, to find leaning against my front wall was a section of gymnasium floor, still nailed to the joists! It measured about 10 by 6 feet, so I was able to drag it through the house, out to the back, to lean against the kitchen wall. On Saturday, I sawed through the joists (many times) and levered off the boards.
    What to do with them? As I wanted a pair of boxes, I set to and planed, with my new Black & Decker plane (an engagement present from work) until they were about half as thick, and glued them into boards, 5 at a time.

    And eventually I had two toolboxes. This was the better of the twoJoiner's toolbox-image.jpg

    The drawer fronts are iroko, salvaged from a bank.

    Here is the saw till which folds into the front lid.Joiner's toolbox-image.jpg

    Originally, I made carrying handles which would lock into the side handles, and would also act as support bars for a temporary worktop, but I have always kept the box at home. It is chock full now. This shows the side handle and rosewood wedge to close it shut. Joiner's toolbox-image.jpg

    The box contains my best tools and I seldom have to come indoors to get anything now, in fact I don't do a lot of joinery any more. The other box is now a cupboard for ordinary bench planes on the wall of my workshopJoiner's toolbox-image.jpg

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