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Tool tote (MaFe’s version)
this is from the tool tote travel blog

The short story is that I wanted to make this tool tote, to make my drawing come to life, but also to take a travel in the ways of doing things with hand or machines, how to join wood in different ways. To do the same thing in different ways, to test my abilities to use tools and my hands, to see where the hand added some thing, and when it was more useful with the machines.
- To challenges my fear for making those dam dovetails.

So there are dovetails in the cornors, with miter to hide the spur for the bottom the dovetails were hand cut.
The trays, have finger joint that I cut on a jig with a router, and the rails, and dividers are mounted with wooden pins. In this way, I got the chance to try out the different ways and tecniques on the projects.
And yes the hand cut dovetails are by far the most beautiful, and now my fears are over, so nex time it will be ‘just do it’.

1. I did it my way.
2. The drawing before takeoff.
3. Making shaves by hand – and hand plane of course.
4. Dovetails with mitered corners to hide the rabbet.
5. Tobacco and so.
6. Standing proud!

Here are the blog that I made of the making.

I’m proud, and say thank you, to those of you who were so kind to wote for me!
I made it nr. 30 out of 93, in the The Art of Joinery competition winter 2011 here on LJ.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


From the blog: Tool tote travel.

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

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 06:07 PM


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 06:10 PM

Very stylish and functional. I like it.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 06:18 PM

maybe it slipped by
while you were down island

looks good


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 06:26 PM

Mads,, where does the pipe and tobacco go?

Or is Mathilda using it for soap bubbles? LoL

Great wee project to share.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 06:56 PM

You make a lot of fun and neat stuff but your drawings are the best part of it. You have a true gift and I love your lettering. Unfortunately, I have to draw everything in Sketchup and then hit a button that makes “sketchy” edges… Keep all the good stuff coming. I mostly just sit back and absorb all the action here on LJ and you seem to be a delightfully neat guy.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 06:58 PM

Simple but beautiful! Favorited and I’m gonna have to make one!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#7 posted 01-10-2011 07:37 PM

Cool tool design, love the handle!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 01-10-2011 07:39 PM

I thought it looked good then
but even better now with tools in :-)

take care

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#9 posted 01-10-2011 08:09 PM

Great project and I agree about your drawing abilities… are an architect as well if I remember correctly
I am glad you moved the twig on the handle away from the middle…would hurt to carry it
Soap bubbles in your pipe, LOL

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 01-10-2011 08:10 PM

I’m like Cheyenne-love the drawings. Very creative and carried out very well. Using this tool tote will bring a great deal of satisfaction.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 01-10-2011 08:50 PM

Hei Mads! I’ve been admiring that gracefully designed tote in some of your other posts. I love the handle (of course) and you did a splendid job on the dovetails, especially the mitered bottom corner to hide the groove. Why do we love these things, are we nuts?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-10-2011 09:18 PM

WAIT A MINUTE…....I dont see a grease box anywhere…? I hope there is one inside that we just cant see LOL!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#13 posted 01-10-2011 09:31 PM

So now you know that dovetails are not nearly as mysterious and holy as some make them out to be! :^)
That last photo draws my eye into the depths of the cabinet behind. I am wandering from plane to beautiful plane…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 01-10-2011 11:26 PM

Hi there,
Div my brother – yes these dovetails are not biting at all, acually I look forward to the next ones, especially now where I have a wonderful saw (veritas) to cut them, I want to do some in harder wood, so I can get the feel. Next step will be some proper chisels, since I started doing finer stuff, my Bacho’s are not too usefull, they are made for rough use, not this kind of work… I’m working on some dovetail chisels made from some old English chisels, this will be a big help (so many ideas so little time…). Ohhh yes that tote points right into the plane cabinet… ;-)
DaddyT, acually there are one on the shelf in the plane cabinet…
Mike, yes we are! Completely nuts, aint that just wonderful!
Skylark, yes this is a tote that is a pleasure to bring out (I am a little proud).
twokidsnosleep, yes that would have given me some pain… Architect yes, retired but it’s in the blood.
Dennis, ;-)
Bob A in NJ, merci!
DaddyT, that was what I was aiming for, so it was the best compliment I could get. Big smile. Look forward to see yours.
Cheyenne, thank you so much for all those kind words. For the drawings, I struggled for many years to find my style, and all of a sudden it was just there… My fater (also architect) always said it was too cartoonish, but I think at the end I found a personal way, not ‘just’ the architect way… But trust me, I’m my worst critic, and are struggelig forever, but once in a while I smile after a drwaing are done.
Jamie, look careful at the fifth picture… Smiles.
David, I inhaled too much sawdust, or perhaps those dovetails are dangerous after all.
Roz, I smile even more now.
Kelly, yes I think I managed to inspire with this one. Even I was so slow with the measures sorry.
Best thoughts to all of you, and thank you for all the lovely words,

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

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#15 posted 01-11-2011 12:05 AM

Mads, I love the tote and the mitered dovetail joint makes my mouth water because I want to try to do one myself. You said, “Hope it can be some inspiration.” Mads you always inspire me. Thanks for the post.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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