If you can you appreciate the look of a well organized workshop, lots of tools and really nice tool boxes, then you’ll like this project. It’s machinist toolbox laser cut out of birch plywood with laser cut foam inserts to securely hold the tools inside and it’s guaranteed to make you smile. Maker spaces and hacker spaces are popping up all over and a lot of us have access to tools formerly out of reach. James Hyde likes to use the tools at Hack Pittsburgh where they have a GWeike LC6090 CO2 laser cutter and wow, did he find a nice use for it.
There’s a really nice step by step explanation of how it was built over on Instructables and the finished toolbox is something anyone would be proud of. Sometimes when you think about investing in a laser cutter or CNC router for a home shop, and a lot of people have them these days, the idea of having the tool can get ahead of you because you may not have a project in mind before the truck shows up to deliver it. As you try to justify the purchase to your wife, you see something like this and the next thing you know, you’re measuring garage space to figure out where it will fit. I love these things.
This is a great example of the evolution of tools. What used to take incredible skill with a set of hand tools, now becomes a project accessible to many more of us if we take the time to learn the new tools available today. Makes you want to start looking at laser cutters, doesn’t it?