Illustrator’s Toolbox

In order to develop shop skills, our class was tasked with designing and building a toolbox to carry drawing supplies. Instead of a simple five-sided box with a lid, I instead imagined a low profile laptop-like toolbox that would fit perfectly inside my messenger bag. I created a router jig that allowed me to accurately cut grooves to hold various sizes of pens, pencils and markers, as well as a large void for drawing templates and french curves. The two halves of routed poplar are joined by a walnut and brass rod hinge that allows the toolbox to lie flat on the desk. Silicone bands hold the pens in place and keep the toolbox closed and provide a satisfying textural variation.