Tool Caddy

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Project by jaspr posted 09-26-2007 10:00 AM 2303 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try some hand cut dovetails and rather than start on something delicate, I decided to make a rugged workshop tool caddy.

I also wanted to incorporate some old american oak that I recovered from a bookcase my father made when I was a kid. (A bit of sentimental value. I think I picked up my wood working bug from watching him saw and plane and glue when I was a kid!)

I use it to keep some of my finishing gear – paste waxes, etc.

-- Claire

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#1 posted 09-26-2007 10:59 AM

Well done – I like the dovetails and the sentiment involved in the piece. Almost to pretty to use in the shop, but that is what it was built for.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 09-26-2007 12:31 PM

Good work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-26-2007 12:34 PM

a very special project! Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 09-26-2007 02:26 PM

A real classic. Nice dovetails.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-26-2007 02:29 PM

Nice. Is the handle attached with a tennon?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 09-27-2007 09:46 AM

Thanks all

WayneC – yes the handle sits in a sqaure mortice each end.

I am very fond of it.

-- Claire

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#7 posted 09-28-2007 06:40 AM

Claire -

That is very sweet! Very cool project – congratulations.



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#8 posted 03-09-2008 01:23 AM

well done. those dovetails look great. cool project.

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 10:36 PM


This is a beautiful tool box. Craftsmen used to use their tool boxes as a way of advertising their skills. You have done a masterful job with this one. The dovetails make it a “cut” above. Thanks for the story behind it as well. I have often said that the story is just as important as the project.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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