Tool Tote

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Project by DocT posted 04-30-2009 07:18 AM 2412 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tool tote for my 4 year old daughter. She wanted someplace to keep all of her power tools! It gave me a chance to try inlaying and constructing angled dovetails. The carcass is scrap red alder and the inlayed Q is black walnut.

The second project is the result of the first. One day she said she wanted to go build something. I asked her what. She said…”A heart on a stick!”. She sketched a heart on a piece of pine…I cut it…now what?...”Now it needs a stick”...where?...”Here” what?...”Now it needs lace””like this”...I cut it…how is it going to stand up?...”It sticks in a moon”...okay…how?...”Like this!”...I cut it…”No Dad that moon is not smooth”...okay…”Now I want to paint it with polka dots!

She had a vision. When I asked her why we made a heart on a stick, she said, ”because my heart is over the moon with love!”. I naturally thought that it was because I made her a tool tote…

Now let’s give it to grandma!!!” Oh well.


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#1 posted 04-30-2009 07:24 AM

great story and project

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 04-30-2009 09:28 AM

Grandmas always get all the credit!

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 10:40 AM

Love it!

-- Bart, Waimauku NZ

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 01:34 PM

Daughters are the best. Nice job on the tote and the heart on a stick

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 03:02 PM

Great job to the both of you. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 04-30-2009 05:28 PM

Good job on both projects. Grandma always wins

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 04-30-2009 05:32 PM

Thank you for that! Very cool!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 05-01-2009 12:25 AM

Make sure you remember this on the many, many, many occaisions when you feel like ringing her sweet little neck. Say starting about 13 or so!!!!!! LOL
Without my sweet little girls (and grandkids) life wouldn’t be worth living!!!

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#9 posted 05-01-2009 04:04 AM

Your inlay and angled dovetails certainly don’t look like first efforts – nice work!

-- Chris

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#10 posted 05-02-2009 04:00 AM

Both are are good looking (really nice job on your first time out on the inlay) projects and even though you did not get the heart you got the pleasure of building it with her. So looking forward to doing projects with my daughter soon.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 05-02-2009 07:29 PM

Hey Doc
That’s a really nice box and I thought it was wearing you hart on your sleeve not on a stick. Great fun and wonderful story.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#12 posted 05-20-2009 12:28 AM

Great job on both, good storytelling too.

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#13 posted 06-08-2009 01:03 PM

Outstanding. Love the Tool Tote and the story.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#14 posted 06-08-2009 01:08 PM

She’s a genius. Nicely done to help her realize her vision. I hope she lives her entire life like that!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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