Tool Tote

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Project by Norman1 posted 01-01-2012 12:34 AM 7511 views 50 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tool tote that I made for the land of misfit tools also known as the barn. This was a quick and fun build that I was able to complete over the holidays. The two drawers have a tong on the bottom of the drawer face that fits into a grove that is cut into the tool tote bottom that prevents the drawers from opening unexpectedly. Because the drawers must be lifted about a ¼” before they can be pulled out the dovetailed sides have rabbets that accommodate the upward lifting of the front of the drawer face. The case of the tool tote is made of pine and the drawer faces are made from cherry. The handle is made of maple that I shaped by hand and sanded to 320 grit so it’s ultra smooth.

The tool tote is finished with a couple of coats of tung oil and it now ready for the barn.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#1 posted 01-01-2012 12:53 AM

Neat as all get out Norm! I’m diggin it.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#2 posted 01-01-2012 01:05 AM

Thanks. I really like your arts and crafts style.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 01:25 AM

Wow! This one should not get out of your shop! Very nice job! Well thought and well made. Hat’s off!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 01-01-2012 01:28 AM

Good solid look to it, functional and beautiful

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 03:06 AM

Now that is a very nice tool tote. Great job

-- Norman

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#6 posted 01-01-2012 03:06 AM

Neat, gives me an idea for those “can you bring a plane over to my shop” times.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 04:44 AM

Very nice tool tote, a cool design and well made.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-01-2012 04:49 AM

If those are your misfit tools, I would really love to see your good tools! That is a very nice tote.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#9 posted 01-01-2012 07:01 AM

Great piece of work, and some clever design solutions.

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

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#10 posted 01-01-2012 07:17 AM

Great looking tote Mike. I especially like the handle. Thanks for sharing and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

-- Doug

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#11 posted 01-01-2012 07:17 AM

I double ditto a1Jim and all others ! ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 01-01-2012 02:09 PM

That is functional wood art!! Beautifull!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 02:31 PM

Sweet tote and very sweet tools.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 02:40 PM

This is a really nice tote. Congratulations.


-- 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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#15 posted 01-01-2012 02:44 PM

This is very simple but functional design. Well done. Nice dovetails. The drawers make it very useful.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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