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Project by jjw5858 posted 08-20-2011 06:04 PM 6351 views 12 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was one of the projects I took on from the Roy Underhill Apprentice book. My first try ever at something like this and I learned plenty. My next effort should produce better joint fits than this one. I also realize this was all done with handtools and my skills have only been honed for less than a full year in my spare time. With that stated I am proud of getting this one under my belt to share with my friends especially after it was just about to become some scrap in the garbage…lol. I had some splitting/cracking of wood from my poor misunderstanding as well as some real puzzle playing to understand the best way to try to fit and nail this deal together.

Roy’s books are great….but….and I think this is the method to his madness we all love…...he likes to leave a little of it to your own descision making. He sometimes does not totally cover the entire build from A to B. As in some cases I really needed more pictures and explanation….but…I dusted my grey matter off and worked around the dings and miscues and rescued what was almost the result of a frustrated endeavour left for the corner to sit in and collect dust. The results are a …...strong fit!!, holds the old galoots tools like a champ. Added some ornamental carving to give it its own look.

If you were interested I greatly thank you for your looking in and checking it out. It’s really a fun project once you have all of your steps down. A very workable and historic piece to use back and forth from shop to job.

P.S. Your sliding bevel here is the best tool you can have on this one!

Also a little look at the gorgeous view my small shop looks out upon, regarding the tall vermont pinetree pic.

Thanks friends, enjoy your day.


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 07:47 PM

Ohhh yes, we can see Roy Underhill walking with his tote when we see this, I love his wonderful mood and his lightness, never read any of his books, perhaps I should give it a go.
You have made a really nice tote there and you have plenty to proud of.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 09:54 PM

The look great!
I have to make some of these before winter comes along to store my temp sensitive glues and stains in the house and not an unheated garage

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

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 03:00 AM

Great job on the tote!

You might want to check out the two articles on compound dovetail angles in the Apr/May 2011 issue of American Woodworker by Chad Stanton. He documents his technique on a portable stool/toolbox (pp. 35-42) and has a separate article (pp. 54-58) on laying out compound dovetail angles. It might be interesting to compare his techniques (using some machine work) to Roy’s.

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 03:38 AM

Boy do I know what you mean about joints. It literally took me a couple of months to figure out how to do the compound angles. I have that book and have made five of these, this is the latest from southern yellow pine.

This is the first one

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 04:05 AM

Very nice tote. People that are use to doing joint work with power tools dont realize the skills required to do it with hand tools. It will separate the men from the boys, or I should say, the craftman from the wood butcher. Very nice work and I really like th ecarving on the handle. Will be looking forward to future projects you do.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 01-17-2012 05:27 AM

I don’t know how I missed this before, but you have made a nice tote. I especially like the carving in the grip. I have wanted to make my own version of a tool tote using a collection of ideas from fellow Lumberjocks and plan on saving a few pictures of your tote for some inspiration. Again, great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 01-17-2012 07:18 AM

I like this tool tote nice work .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 09:27 PM

I’d say that it was a mighty fine undertaking. It sounds like you enjoyed it and learned a lots. Itlloks very nice. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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