Tool Tote

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Project by hickeymad posted 03-26-2011 02:24 AM 5924 views 24 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tool tote. I needed something to hold my tools while traveling and working at the bench. Came up with this design after browsing the wen a bit. Main carcass has Afromosia sides, dovetailed to quartersawn white oak. Handel is a bent lamination from my scrap pile. Messed up the mortises in the sides for letting in the handle, so I tried to hide the gaps with the paduk covers. Not entirely happy with those – but what the hell, it’s a toolbox. Box has 4 removable compartments, made of walnut and oak and a little hickory. Great project for the scrap pile. Wipe on oil/poly finish.

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 02:32 AM

great looken tote.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 02:39 AM


any problems with the crossgrain dovetails?

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 02:45 AM

The afromosia is pretty tough wood, though it was difficult to keep the router from chipping it (these were the first joints I cut on my Leigh DR4). I don’t expect the joints to give me any problems in the future.

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Eric in Central Florida.

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 03:28 AM

That is one heck of a nice looking tool tote.
And I think it’ll get even better looking as it ages with all those nice woods mellowing over the years.
Nice job!

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 03:57 AM

Looks great! The combination of woods is really cool. Had you never mentioned the mortise mess-up noone would have ever known. One thing I’ve learned here on LJ is that we don’t make mistakes, we incorporate “design features”.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 04:13 AM

very nice…

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#7 posted 03-26-2011 05:58 AM

Love the laminated scrap. Great touch

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 03-26-2011 06:14 AM

as beautiful as it is

I cant imagine toting it around.


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 03-26-2011 07:03 AM

nice box I been looking for a design to carry my carving tools to the caving club meeting and when I travel you have giving me some good ideas to include in my own design thanks

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#10 posted 03-26-2011 07:57 AM

Wow……....nice solution for a very common problem, great job!! Ik would have love to see a blog in it.



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#11 posted 03-26-2011 08:01 AM

really nice. Beautiful and solves a bunch of problems. Very cool design.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#12 posted 03-26-2011 11:11 AM

Very nice, I made one as well but Blondie took it from me…... Oh well time to make another one

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 03-26-2011 11:43 AM

Really nice tote. And a nice job you did making it.
The chisel holder, how do you prevet things from falling out when transporting.
Best thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 03-26-2011 11:44 AM

Ohhh yes and nice tools!
And a wonderful workbench!

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

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#15 posted 03-26-2011 05:57 PM

the chisel holder trivet is a tight enough fit to stay put. I figure when I really need to carry some distance I’d remove the bottom trivet and have the chisel holder ride lower – though this is not really necessary, it might add to my peace of mind. Thanks for the kind words everyone! As usual, I want o build another but do things a bit differently. Our Guild is having a show pretty soon and I was thinking of entering this tooltote. Easier than my workbench!

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