Roy Underhill Tool Tote

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Project by wb8nbs posted 1230 days ago 5634 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.

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#1 posted 1230 days ago

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 1230 days ago


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

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#3 posted 1230 days ago

Very nice and very clean work.


-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#4 posted 1230 days ago

I like it.

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

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#5 posted 1230 days ago

Nice work on those compound angles.
Tke care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 1228 days ago

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 1225 days ago

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 1225 days ago

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

-- Norman

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#9 posted 123 days ago

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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