Old Style Toolbox
Using an old picture from Popular Woodworking I have tried to re-create this toolbox that was designed by “Sloyd” in 1900.
I can imagine carpenters of that era heading off to a jobsite with a similar style of toolbox in hand. Carrying a minimum amount of hand tools and completing beautiful functional work that is still around today.
This 6 ½” x 18” x 22” toolbox with its leather handle and simple design was all that was required. Unlike today when we arrive with a truck full of power equipment and every jig and accessory you can imagine. Is craftsmanship dead? Absolutely not! We have just changed the way we work and these days time is money.
The case is built using four boards to create the case. The joinery and assembly is completed and then the 2” deep door is cut away using a bandsaw, tablesaw or even a hand saw (if you are so inclined). The case is built using ½” material to keep the overall weight to a minimum and the back and front panels are from ¾” stock for stability and to allow for mounting if tool hanging hardware.
Have fun building this old style toolbox and hopefully it will be around in 100 plus years like Mr. Sloyds.