Roy Underhill Tool Tote

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Project by wb8nbs posted 03-15-2011 06:47 PM 10529 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a copy of the tool carrier Roy uses in the intro to “The Woodwrights Shop”. He has a chapter on building this tote in his book “The Woodwright’s Apprentice”. Roy used rabbited butt joints but I thought I could do this on my box joint jig. Turned out to be much more involved than I thought. Two of the pictures show detail of the joints and the mortised in handle. The last photo shows the angled spacer blocks needed to get the table saw set up for cutting the joints at the correct angles. Already my sister wants one for her birthday.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#1 posted 03-15-2011 07:26 PM

cool… very nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#2 posted 03-15-2011 08:34 PM


-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 09:13 PM

Very nice and very clean work.


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 09:25 PM

I like it.

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

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 03:31 AM

Nice work on those compound angles.
Tke care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 03-18-2011 06:44 AM

Nice clear wood. Very tight joints. You can beat it up and it will still last a lifetime.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#7 posted 03-20-2011 07:00 PM

I put up a photo series showing some of the construction details on Flickr

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#8 posted 03-20-2011 09:33 PM

It turned out just fine, will be around for a long time

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 03-27-2014 01:12 AM

Hi Jim – I wanted to communicate with you about the details you posted for the construction of this box. This is the only way I’ve found to reach you (hopefully).

Leo Barton

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