Next month, I will travel to Rockport, Maine for a class in box-making. I have made quite a few boxes in my workshop over the years, but this class is about making puzzle boxes, with hidden “combinations” to unlock various compartments. It should be a lot of fun!
In preparation for the class, I have been having a little fun by building a few boxes to hold some of the hand tools I will be taking with me. Two boxes will be sent by USPS, so I designed them to fit into a large size flat rate Postal Service box. Others will be in my checked baggage. I will be taking/sending a couple of hand planes, saws, chisels, scrapers, measuring and marking stuff, and the necessary stuff to keep edges sharp.
One design criteria was to fit the USPS box. Another was that everything had to be made from stuff I had on hand. In the process, I used oak, sycamore, cherry, and chestnut. The sharpening box has a top made from scrap Formica and teak, which holds the sharpening stones.
This will be my very first trip to Maine. Its doubtful that I will have much time to see the area, but I hope to be able to play tourist for a little while between classes. At the very least, a trip to Lie Nielsen Toolworks will be on the agenda.