The NBSS tool box is one of the most famous projects in the NBSS Cabinet and Furniture Making program. After completing basic exercises and a lot of drafting, each student designs and builds a toolbox to store their hand tools in. There are restrictions regarding wood choice, minimum and maximum overall size, number of drawers, etc.
I designed mine 16 x 16 x 27", which is close to the maximum allowed size. I built the case and lid frame out of black locust, and the panels and drawerfronts out of sassafras. Quartered poplar was used throughout as secondary wood. Cutting fine joinery such as dovetails, and mortises and tenons in locust which is a very hard wood was a challenging task, but the natural beauty of the wood under the French-polished shellac finish is very rewarding.
Commissions are available.
NBSS Toolbox with lid
NBSS Toolbox showing drawers
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