I recently bought a new Ridgid pipe threading kit with 1/2", 3/4", and 1" dies. It did not come with a case, so being a woodworker, I decided to design and build my own wood case. I used Sketchup to design it. The Ridgid threading kit PN is Ridgid 36345 00-R.
I have a 1/2" pipe tap, so I wanted to keep it in the same case.
I got a photo of the Rigid threader, then converted that into an image I could burn onto the top of the case, for easy ID of what tool is in the case.
I used common pine for this project, planed to various thicknesses as needed.
I built this first, so I could check and make sure everything fits ok, before I built the case itself. Everything fit fine :)
To reduce weight, I used the same 2" Forstner bit that I used to drill the 3 holes to hold the Rigid threaders, to cut weight reduction holes in the bottom of the spacer. I drilled them 1.75" deep, leaving 1/4" of stock.
I chose to use 1/2" thick pine, with a 1/4 x 1/4" groove in the bottom to hold a piece of 3/16" thick Luan........to make the bottom. I decided to not attach the spacer to the bottom, so it will be removable to clean if it gets oil soaked.
To clamp the box, I used the nail and string method........uses a 16d nail to twist and tighten the string.
I made the rough top so an 1/8" sticks out on all 4 sides. After the glue dried, used a flush router bit to make the top exactly flush to the sides...........this method works very well.
I bought the hinges and front clasp at my local Ace hardware store.
I used exterior oil based varnish. Gave inside 2 coats since oil will drip from dies onto the bottom.
This was a fun project!
I have made about 6 wood cases to hold tools, but this was for the heaviest items I have every done..........and required the most elaborate "fill" items to properly hold the tools.
Hopefully, someday, this will get passed down to my son or grandson :)