A Craftsman's Tool Tote

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Project by woodcox posted 10-19-2015 05:54 AM 2097 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this tote to help carry some tools around the house and cut down on the walking back and forth. While I am still in the building stages of my tool storage bench, I think it will help keep some core tools collected in the shop as well. Largely based upon Mario Rodriquez’s tote published in an issue of Woodcraft magazine. I cut the dimensions by a third to suit my needs, about 16” long,10” tall and 6” wide. It is made from curly cherry and the handle is hickory. I didn’t follow his plans but I kept his details and basic profiles because they are what initially attracted me to it. I especially liked the classic dovetailed ends carrying the bottom. Graham Haydon has a very good tutorial on this design also. This was a great project for honing some basic motions and getting to try some new techniques along the way. Having done the dovetail-a-day or so for awhile, this is my first project to utilize the joint. I think this project has helped my skill set and confidence immensely. A lot of work went into just preparing for it such as building a proper shooting board, dovetail clamping cauls, resaw fence and even down to revamping my sharpening processes.

Some build pics…

Thanks for looking!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 10-19-2015 08:11 AM

Looks great, great project to cut yer dovetail teeth!

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 10-19-2015 11:48 AM

That tote is Boss! It’s going to look even better years to come. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 10-19-2015 04:33 PM

That’s one beautiful tote box!!!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 10-19-2015 04:40 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#6 posted 10-19-2015 05:14 PM

This is a real beauty and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-19-2015 10:39 PM

Well done sir! Now I have another project on my list….. I really like the pics of the bench top action.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#8 posted 10-19-2015 10:55 PM

Lookin like a pimped out st roy strollin through with a tool tote like that WC !

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 10-19-2015 11:38 PM

Beautiful tote, Woodcox. I saw it elsewhere and had questions, but the photos told the story.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#10 posted 10-20-2015 12:15 AM

Nice looking tote. It should serve you well for years to come.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#11 posted 10-20-2015 12:19 AM

Nice tote….a small masterpiece with a purpose.

-- Doug

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#12 posted 10-20-2015 04:07 PM

Gorgeous, great job and thanks for sharing your work with us.

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#13 posted 10-20-2015 05:50 PM


-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#14 posted 10-20-2015 11:16 PM

Nicely done – I think Mario would approve.

-- SteveL

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