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Project by wayneo posted 10-03-2011 05:41 PM 3965 views 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some time between projects and just enough wood to make something for the shop besides another jig. I like having my most commonly used tools readily available and like the look of the old carpenter’s toolbox. I made this toolbox from 4/4 red oak because I happened to have some left over from the previous build. The plans were included in an article written by Monte Burch and are still available online; just type “Build a Carpenter’s Box” in your Google search box.

It is a great design and has specially designed holders for a 2 foot level and a framing square. I used a dowel jig to drill holes on the back edge of the box for drill and countersink bits and the sides of the box hold my chisels and paddle bits. I like this design in particular because the drawer is perfect for holding misc small tools and finish nails.

It is a very simple but efficiently designed toolbox and yes, it is as heavy as it looks but it is primarily a shop box anyway and sometimes you just need to build something for yourself.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 05:49 PM

Very cool. I really like the design and especially appreciate the holder for the chisels on the end. The drills sticking out of the side look a little foreboding and dangerous though. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 05:54 PM

The holes in back will accommodate a variety of different bits, but since this toolbox is setting on my workbench with the drill bits on the back edge and against the wall, about the only way someone will get hurt is if they decide to do some table dancing on my workbench and fell on them. Still, if I had small children or if this was a lighter box that you were going to bring to a job-site and place on the ground, I would probably not have sharp bits or tools sticking out of the back.

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 08:21 PM

heh. agreed on the drill bits. Gorgeous box.

Can that handle safely take that weight? Or is oak stronger than I thought?

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 08:35 PM

This box, when loaded, is very heavy and I was concerned about the handle too. It is a 1” round oak dowel and it seems to have no problem with the weight. I think it will be fine because after all, they made some pretty stout ships from oak for a long time….

-- Wayne , Phoenix Arizona

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 11:16 PM

great tote
I think the oak will hold up fine if its as strong as the europian oak :-)
but I wuold have use 1½ or 2 inch but only becourse its fit my hand better


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#6 posted 10-04-2011 03:16 AM

Nice tool tote Wayne. Looks like it was built to stand the test of time…..something for your kids to fight over someday. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 05:33 AM

That’s a nice design with the drawer and the space for the chisels. Well buiilt too.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 10-05-2011 12:44 AM

Great looking tool box! I love tool boxes and tool trays!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#9 posted 07-29-2016 06:13 PM

Wayne, this is a very nice tool tote.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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