Woodworker's Tool Tote (Project #1!)

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Project by vakman posted 996 days ago 4887 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Though not entirely a novice at woodworking, I recently became interested in it as a hobby. A little time on craigslist and I had myself a relatively complete kit of tools, but no designated space for them. Time for a project!

This toolbox is made of white pine (construction grade) 1×10 board, some restored (but previously unused) tongue and groove flooring, douglas fir I think, and the drawer bottom is 1/4” ply. Handle is 1 1/4” dowel in 3/8” recess.

Exterior width is 9 1/2”, length is 24”. Given the standard 26-28”size of vintage handsaws (to which I was oblivious at the time), the toolbox is somewhat short. But since this will be primarily for “shop” use only, larger saws can sit in another toolbox.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#1 posted 996 days ago

I like the Tote! I can see the opportunity for many more projects in the future, HAVE FUN!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 996 days ago

Great tool tote. I really like the drawer—-I wasn’t expecting to see that #5 in there. Next you’ll be building a tool chest! :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 996 days ago

As a lover of tool tool trays, I really like your design on this one!

(I have posted a few of my tool trays here on Lumberjocks as well.)

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#4 posted 996 days ago

Very nice looking. I’m going to add this to my list of projects, this looks like it’ll be a fun one to make. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 996 days ago

Nice design, very professionally done. Will be my next project (design & wood/color combinaion)
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 996 days ago

heh. Just looking at that tote and what you’ve got in it makes me want to start cutting up wood :)

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#7 posted 996 days ago

I’ve got one very similar to this that my grandfather built years ago. I’m not toting it around anymore but it has recently become my catch all for the tools that I too have been accumulating. Nice Job.

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#8 posted 996 days ago

Very nice job my friend.
That will come in very handy and it looks great.
And also, Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#9 posted 995 days ago

Great looking tote Vakman. It appears your placement of tools is well thought out. This kind of project is fun, practical, and relatively inexpensive to build. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 995 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. So far the 2 1/2” drawer depth appears to be optimal for planes. Altoids tins for nails and screws also fit perfectly stacked three high.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#11 posted 995 days ago

Very nice tote…and nice to see handtools in it! Great build, enjoy it!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#12 posted 995 days ago

Vakman ? That’s dutch for “Craftsman”

Nice project, goed gedaan!!


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#13 posted 995 days ago

very cool!!!

-- helen

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#14 posted 995 days ago

I dig the slide out drawer, nice!

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#15 posted 973 days ago

Great tote. solid and with a “place for everything”. love the drawer idea.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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