Inlaid Tool Box / Tool Tote

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Project by jakub76 posted 466 days ago 5350 views 60 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been carting my tools around in a canvas shopping bag…until now. I made a big, solid tool box/tote out of Merbau. Hand cut dovetails, drawers, plane holders and a custom chisel holder that slides in and out of a rail. The hand hold is Maple, Jarrah, Merbau and a sliver of Ebony veneer. The long handle was shaped with a spoke shave, good times :)

Both ends are inlaid with my initials. One end has Maple inlay, the other Jarrah. The ends also have long-grain Jarrah inlay inside for strength – particularly around the handle. The chisel holder has rare-earth magnets for each chisel under leather to protect their edge. The drawers both have tongue/spring stops as well as magnets to hold them in place when closed. The finish is 3 coats of Tung Oil then Carnauba wax.

I read somewhere that your tool box should act like your business card, a way to show people your work. Despite making mistakes in almost every step of this build, I am happy to show this to people as an example of my work…plus it makes it easier to carry my tools.

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#1 posted 466 days ago

its a great statement far better than a card ,beautiful tool box

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 466 days ago

Very cool tote

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 466 days ago

That is the finest tool tote I’ve ever seen. The inlays are superb and the grip is a jewel.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 466 days ago

That is beautiful, do you have plans for it.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#5 posted 466 days ago

Absolutely beautiful build and a true statement and testament of your talent, skill, and workmanship.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 466 days ago

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 466 days ago

I’m with Gene on this. I couldn’t put my tools in this…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 466 days ago

very nice.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 466 days ago

Very well done inlays and it is apparent that a great deal of care went into the construction. I would have confidence in the craftsman carrying that tool tote.

Thanks for sharing.


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#10 posted 466 days ago

I like very much beautiful work congratulations

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 466 days ago

Do you want a job?! That is an awesome tote. I love the details, especially the sliding chisel caddy, really excellent work Jakub,

Well done,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#13 posted 466 days ago

Of the many fine examples of tool totes here on Lumberjocks, in my opinion, yours is one of the best. Great looking and functional too. Some of us are saving this in our favorites to someday build one for ourselves using some of your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#14 posted 466 days ago

I can’t imagine taking that out on a job! Too nice!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#15 posted 466 days ago

Truly beautiful. It speaks art and craftsmanship. Put the picture on a business card so you will have the example when you don’t have the tote with you. It speaks volumes about what you do and how you feel about it.

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