First tote

  • Advertise with us
Project by NikBrown posted 02-27-2010 12:53 AM 2158 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve had this #7 that I got with a broken tote. I glued it back together with titebond and it snapped a couple of uses later. I cleaned out the glue and tried gorilla glue… Broke again….

I’ve been using it for 6months with a broken tote, so I made one last attempt to glue it back together and while applying clamping pressure I managed to break it in an additional spot.

Finally I decided to try my hand at making my own. It wasn’t near as bad as I though it was going to be.

I’ve never used rasps before so this was a learning process. I was shocked at how fast they work!!!

Yea I know… I used power tools in the construction of a hand tool…. but I needed a good first project for my new Christmas present Jigsaw…. and I hate braces!!!

Certainly not perfect, in fact it already looks old due to some dents and dings of mistakes with the rasp, and the fit isn’t quite perfect.

But I’m happy with the first attempt and I finally have my jointer back. Finished with BLO, Shellac, and paste wax. Took about 2.5 hours of work.

Now I just need to make 3 more for the #6, #3, & #4 1/2 I have sitting around and never used because they dont have totes.

Template from Lee Valley:

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

9 comments so far

View adb's profile


17 posts in 3037 days

#1 posted 02-27-2010 01:21 AM

Fine job!!

-- Dave Brown

View WayneC's profile


13754 posts in 4096 days

#2 posted 02-27-2010 01:30 AM

Nice Job.

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

View bigike's profile


4052 posts in 3287 days

#3 posted 02-27-2010 02:22 AM

came out great did u think about the router bit lee valley sells to round over the tote or u could ‘ve used a R/O bit for it too. Just some ideas for next time.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View NikBrown's profile


49 posts in 3104 days

#4 posted 02-27-2010 02:27 AM

I used a 1/2” roundover bit at first but I wasn’t as all happy with the shape, looked really cheap… kind of like the totes made in the last 30 years or so :)

The R/O bit was good for roughing it out, forgot to mention that. The rasp tuning made a much nicer shape, both in look and in the feel in the hand.

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

View Broglea's profile


685 posts in 3090 days

#5 posted 02-27-2010 03:16 AM

That came out good. What kind of wood did you use?

View NikBrown's profile


49 posts in 3104 days

#6 posted 02-27-2010 03:29 AM

Got a 60”x5” 5/4 chunk of rosewood off of ebay for about $25 with shipping. Should get all the totes I’ll need out of the first half. Even contemplating a few backsaw replacement handles now that I see this is kind of a fun and simple 2-4 hr project.

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

View Chase's profile


448 posts in 3025 days

#7 posted 02-27-2010 02:04 PM

Final product looks amazing!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

View Marc5's profile


304 posts in 3341 days

#8 posted 02-27-2010 04:05 PM

Looks good and thanks for the link.

-- Marc

View whitewulf's profile


454 posts in 2936 days

#9 posted 04-11-2012 12:07 AM


watch the grain in the totes, very important to preventing breakage

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics