Need another tool box?
Lots of tool boxes are great for any woodworker or work shop especially when you have lots of tools. They help keep things organized or if you need to carry many certain tools around.
I wanted to do something different so this one will be made with diamond plate.
I've always wanted to work with diamond plate metal. I recently went to my local metal mart and found some short pieces and bought this piece for $10.00.
It was 5 1/2" by 5 feet long, that is plenty enough for a tool box, plus some extra for sample testing for cutting since I have never done this before.
Also I will have some left over for any other projects I may make.
To cut the metal I will be using a BOSCH
basic metal blade in my jigsaw.
First let's cut the wood to size.
I found some old plywood although it is dirty it is
very good quality. It came from a cabinet from the
After I cut it to size, 17 1/2 inches
I sanded it a bit and it turned out very nice. The
length is important because of the handle I will be using.
An easy way to make exact lengths is to set up some
There are many other ways to do this so you can be
creative and come up with something.
Table saw angle cutting jig
The ends for the box are 11 inches high. The band saw could have been used to cut the angle but I quickly made this jig for the table saw. The cuts will be cleaner and more precise.
Cut one side flip it over then the other side. Now do this to all of the side pieces. They should all turn out exactly the same.
Woodworkers are always making jigs and my favorite ones are the ones that can be made very quick.
Cut the diamond plate
A speed square and a sharpie are used to mark the piece square to
get it ready for cutting.
The best way to cut the diamond plate is to clamp it since it can jump as the blade is cutting.
This piece is cut half way then flipped around, re clamped
and then cut the rest of the way.
The pieces are marked and will be the frames for the diamond plate to fit in. The plate and the wood are both 3mm thick.
Face plates are now added and are clamped very securely,
I did not want to take any chances since the diamond plates are not a flat surface.
The holes are drilled in the two sides for the handle.
To do this I used a 1 1/8th inch hole saw in the drill
I used a long dowel and put some glue on a small
section then placed it in the hole and just cut it flush to
the plywood. I did this 6 times on each of the sides.
Easy to make handle from a galvanized pipe.
The pipe I used was from the plumbing department and was
17 1/2 inches long. It was already threaded on both ends so
I did not have to cut anything. I just had to buy some end caps and it was ready to go.
Handle and end caps
I like how diamond plate can be used decoratively for projects. It is easy to work with because it can be cut with a jigsaw.
What other kind of woodworking projects do you think would look good using diamond plate?
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