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Project by Tom Landon posted 02-27-2008 07:05 PM 2928 views 31 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The inspiration for this came from a similar tote I saw setting on the fireplace mantel at Dixie Landing restaurant at Disney World some years ago. I remember it being high and not completely visible but I was taken by it’s flowing lines and general shape.

This tote is 19” long, 10” wide, and 12” high. The trays are 3/8’s and the ends are 5/8’s with a 45 degree 1/8th inch chamfer to prevent the corners fron chipping. For a finish, I used 4 coats of Sea Fin Teak Oil sanding with 400Grit wet or dry between coats followed with a final coat of Johnsons paste wax applied with 4/0 steel wool .

I made the trays of Hard Maple and I think the ends are Jatoba. I got the board maybe ten years ago from a friend of mine over in Riverview. He told me the name of it at the time and I wrote it on the board with a piece of white chalk (all I had at the time). The chalk was gone when I finally decided to use the board but I think that was what he called it.

I put a 12 inch ruler in the photos for scale.

-- Tom Landon, Lakeland, Fl. When you're through learning, you're through.





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MrWoody

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 07:25 PM

Too nice for any of my tools. ;~)

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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mjlauro

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#2 posted 02-27-2008 07:33 PM

Excellent job, beautiful work. I have been trying to design a tote like that.

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 02-27-2008 07:34 PM

Come on!! You can’t seriously plan on putting toos in that?!

That is drop-dead gorgeous!

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

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leonmcd

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#4 posted 02-27-2008 07:53 PM

Awsome! Really too nice for tools. Maybe some sort of serving tray?

BTW – I’ve used a lot of Jatoba and I’ve never see any with that much light color. The Jatoba can be dead straight grain or nicely figured but all I’ve seen is shades of dark brown. Looks more like Cocobolo to me. What ever it is, it looks great.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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sharad

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#5 posted 02-27-2008 08:27 PM

Very nice tool tray. The handle is very impressive
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 02-27-2008 09:30 PM

that is beautiful!!
I can see a lot of uses for this – and none of them include woodworking tools.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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GaryK

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#7 posted 02-27-2008 09:40 PM

Fantastic looking tote! Great wood selection and execution!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Critterman

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 01:29 AM

Fantastic, the finish is outstanding. Love those lines too they are great.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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RobH

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#9 posted 02-28-2008 01:57 AM

Thom,

That is absolutely stunning. My wife says it is too beautiful to use for woodworking. That is one that you can definitely be proud of. I cannot wait to have some time to build something for the shop that is not either melamine or 2×4s.

Keep up the great work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 02-28-2008 04:28 AM

very impressive work. favorite design.

welcome to lumberjocks

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Greg3G

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#11 posted 02-28-2008 04:42 AM

I think my wife would lay claim to that the minute the finsh dried. It is a wonderful peice. I have some of those unidentified boards around my shop. I may borrow your design a bit if you don’t mind.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Bradford

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#12 posted 02-28-2008 07:07 AM

That wood is on fire. That is too nice to use as a tool tray. But what good is a trophy that isn’t functional? Use it well. Very nice.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 02-28-2008 03:15 PM

That is a beautiful tote. Nice work.

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Damian Penney

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#14 posted 02-28-2008 04:07 PM

Sheesh, very nice. Welcome to LJ.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Brent

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#15 posted 03-01-2008 04:30 AM

Very nice. I like to fluid lines.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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