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Tool Tote w/ Copper and Brass Accents

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Project by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 04-03-2016 01:46 PM 1849 views 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last picture of the ‘Gang of Six’ above shows one half of the challenge, with unused toolchest space being the other. You see, my toolchest is on the small side, and the area in front of the sliding tills has always been waiting for “something” to go there that’d enhance utility. Combine that with my grandad’s tool tote (the one painted gold; now you know where I got the painting gene, Stef) and the wheels started turning. Said tote didn’t fit in the space, however; too wide, too short, too high. That was it then, nothing to do unless it included the unthinkable: cutting up the legacy tote.
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Well, that’s what I decided to do.

The tote’s best features are the two stickers on either end; they’re of my grandpa’s business and I’ll keep them in place without a doubt. I did remove the blue shag carpeting that was stapled and glued to to underside of the tote (that trick prevented scratching surfaces when it’s put somewhere, grandpa told me once). The handle and the ends would definitely find a new purpose, but I needed new sides that would fit the space. Stair treads / risers I’ve had on hand were resawn. And it’s mahogany, a great compliment to the inside of the chest. The base was vintage pine material that matched the look of the pine tills in the chest, too.

Only one pic (and not a very comprehensive one) of the dovetailing activity:

From there, the dovetailed carcase was glued up then matched up to the base.

The vertical pieces of grandpa’s tote were cut to size, sanded and painted to match the toolchest. Sides were joined to the verticals with brass screws that were slightly countersunk then filed flush with the surface.

Finally, copper brackets that I salvaged years ago were added to the tote to hold the Disston level as a permanent tenant of this tote. I used copper nails that were cut to length, filed to a point and driven into pre-drilled holes. Then those cut-off nail shafts were used as a type of finish nail to affix the cross piece inside the tote. All went together very well.

And, it fits!!!

I’m very happy with the resultant look and functionality of the tote. It holds things that can travel when I have small tasks to do that are at the house vs. in my shop, AND it adds overall capacity inside the toolchest. For things like a full sized hammer, gloves, a bit index and my Summerfield tablesaw.

That’s all, thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --





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Don W

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 01:51 PM

That is very cool Smitty. I love the copper!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 02:02 PM

Great melting of old and new, Smitty.
Legacy tote in toolchest, with vintage stickers…priceless!
:)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 02:05 PM

Innovative idea and excellent execution Smitty. I love your appreciation of things old.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 02:06 PM

Nice Smitty, I like how you modified your grandfathers tote to make something to fit your needs.
How did you file the screw heads down without gouging the wood?

-- Putty

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 02:12 PM

Thanks everyone.

Putty, first answer is “very carefully.” Detailed answer relies on the fact that metal files don’t remove much material at all. Eight screws took 45 minutes to file down, all told. It was rather meticulous (read: boring). But once they were essentially flush, I changed to a three sided file that had a slight curvature to it and got down to final flush before hitting the whole side with a sanding. That erased any residual marks from the filing.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 02:25 PM

Nice, sweet little details.

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 04:09 PM

I love the old school tool tool tote’s, very nice build.

-- "The Cedar King" https://www.facebook.com/BarroneFarm

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#8 posted 04-03-2016 04:25 PM

First class project with excellent presentation!

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 04:51 PM

I think Gramps is pretty pleased right now. It works perfectly with the chest and its build process.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 04-03-2016 05:04 PM

I keep messing with his stuff… first the bench, now the tote. Just might kick my arse if he could! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 07:43 PM

Absolutely gorgeous Smitty. Innovative and well-executed.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#12 posted 04-03-2016 08:31 PM

Thanks Andy, and Todd, and Shane, and Kevin, etc! The completed piece is better than I had envisioned, and that was cause for stress when I tore apart the original without a clear plan in place.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 04-03-2016 08:35 PM

That is a good lookin’ tote, Smitty, and very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#14 posted 04-03-2016 09:33 PM

That is the most wonderful tote I’ve seen to date.
Personality, history and fine work.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 04-03-2016 11:57 PM

Here’s the tote in a test fit when it was still gold, with black handle.

Green paint left from the toolchest build. Loose sanding on the handle, then a couple of coats of danish oil.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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