Roy Underhill Tool Tote

  • Advertise with us
Project by wb8nbs posted 03-15-2011 06:47 PM 8720 views 5 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.

9 comments so far

View steliart's profile


1817 posts in 1850 days

#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 - --

View HawkDriver's profile


447 posts in 1795 days

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


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

View Ian Hawthorne's profile

Ian Hawthorne

297 posts in 1811 days

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

Very nice and very clean work.


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

View 489tad's profile


2898 posts in 2174 days

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

I like it.

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

View fernandoindia's profile


1079 posts in 2106 days

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

Nice work on those compound angles.
Tke care

-- Back home. Fernando

View dorran's profile


140 posts in 2396 days

#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.

View wb8nbs's profile


158 posts in 1855 days

#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.

View NormG's profile


5186 posts in 2166 days

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

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

-- Norman

View leob's profile


1 post in 684 days

#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

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