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Renovating a facing and boring tool storage box

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GordonH25/06/2019 17:04:03
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I have purchased an automatic boring and facing head. Unfortunately, the storage box has been "butchered" by a previous owner. One of the removable shelves is missing and a support for the boring head shank has been removed. To stop various items rolling around, I would like to make a replacement shelf and support.  I know that using Oak is not not recommended, what timber, available in the UK would members recommend me to use?

Thanks for any advise offered,


Edited By GordonH on 25/06/2019 17:06:01

Thor25/06/2019 17:36:15
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If you can get hold of elm it is among the least acidic, according to this.


Bazyle25/06/2019 17:41:16
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Ordinary softwood. For added rust avoidance rub the contact points with a candle.

Rik Shaw25/06/2019 17:42:24
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I have a swiss made Kaiser boring and facing head in original fitted case. I could never be described as an expert "woodman" but if I were to guess I would say it was made from beech.


Nigel Graham 225/06/2019 17:45:43
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Unless you wish it to be "proper" wood, you could use a good-quality plywood. Sand all the edges and give it a thorough sealing with polyurethane varnish or similar.

The problem with oak is that it is rather acidic and corrodes iron and steel.

My past employers used to use a lot of special-to-contents boxes, and some of these were lovely examples of plywood art, with some parts like equipment cradles laminated plywood-on-plywood enabling ready inclusion of rebates and flanges; and all heavily treated with exterior-grade varnish. I used similar techniques for parts of the computer desk I am typing at now!

Derek Lane25/06/2019 17:52:47
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Avoid all woods that hvea lot of tanin in them as stated above a good quality py wood will be ideal. Beech is a good one as well

old mart25/06/2019 18:10:12
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All of the Chinese and Indian sets of tools I have, come in pine boxes which are varnished. I have some Mitutoyo measuring instruments in cedar boxes.

Mike Poole25/06/2019 18:25:43
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Do toolmakers chests rely on the felt lining to avoid contact with the wood? Gerstner seem to make chests from a variety of woods including American Oak. Oak seems to come in quite a few flavours, one piece I had was noticeably heavy compared to other oaks and hardwoods.


Peter Spink25/06/2019 18:47:34
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Beech for me - machines well and doesn't corrode tools.

Small, useful pieces usually available on *bay at reasonable prices.

Ian Welford25/06/2019 18:59:24
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Beech ,or elm ( difficult to get now ) , sycamore is ok to work with too. Seal it with lots of varnish or tung oil to seal the wood.

Russell Eberhardt25/06/2019 19:21:57
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If you can find it, nurizaya wood might be the best choice. It is used for storing valuable Japanese sword blades to avoid corrosion.


Neil Wyatt25/06/2019 21:35:22
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Bits of old mahogany furniture seem to work well.

Better than burning it!


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