Cherry and Walnut Tool Tote

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Project by Maveric777 posted 08-30-2011 04:20 AM 8847 views 28 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a last minute project I made for my good friend, and fellow Lumber Jock Mike (Cozmo35). I came up with the idea after seeing a few of these posted up here on Lumber Jocks and thinking “I know I want one… Im sure Mike would too”

We made a special road trip last Saturday (I have a blog up My North East Texas Lumber Jocks Tour) to visit him and his family and I was able to personaly hand it to him….

The entire tote including the mortised in bottom is made of cherry. The shaped handle grip and center divider is walnut. The dovetails are mitered on the bottom and all hand cut (I am really beginning to like these hand cut dovetails). Due to time constraints the finish is simply two good soaks of BLO then buffed out.

Im sure Im missing something, but I just wrote a mile long (at least it seemed that way to me) blog about the trip and I’m used up….lol

Thanks for checking it out… I got to say this was one of the more enjoyable projects I have done in a while.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 04:32 AM

Such a wonderful gift !! : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 04:36 AM

Great job Dan. That came out beautifully!

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#3 posted 08-30-2011 04:40 AM

That is one beautiful tool tote!

(I like the jersy in the last photo, too!)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 04:47 AM

Hey my friend, awesome job here! the idea and design, way to go!

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

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 04:54 AM

great job. Its beautiful. I was thinking of making one myself with slanted faces to teach myself making dovetails on an angled face.

-- Yves

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#6 posted 08-30-2011 05:03 AM

Very nice gift and I love the handle grip .
Looks great and craftsmanship is excellent .
Well done !


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-30-2011 05:17 AM

Great looking tote Dan. The dovetails are gorgeous.

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#8 posted 08-30-2011 05:38 AM

There are a lot of jocks who have made their own tools, i.e. planes, ect., Now here is a tool tote worthy of carrying the handmade tools. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 05:58 AM

Very nice – I might have to create something similar but would have to practice on the dovetails to get em that tight

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 06:01 AM

That is definitely too nice to throw tools into and kick around!! He’ll have to find something else tote ’;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 06:13 AM


They are always handy…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 08-30-2011 07:19 AM

Sorry Dan, just can’t see putting “tools” in something this nice !!! LOL

This is absolutely beautiful and a fantastic craftsmanship on the dovetails as well….. love it for sure!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#13 posted 08-30-2011 07:31 AM

Great looking tote, favorited for ideas.


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#14 posted 08-30-2011 07:38 AM

I like the handle grip. I don’t think I could walk past it without grabbing it.

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#15 posted 08-30-2011 09:26 AM

Bet this one never sees a bunch of gear thrown in it ::: ))))))
What a gift Dan, that’s a real “buddy” God bless you man

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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