Little Roy - Son's first tool tote

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Project by thezenker posted 11-17-2013 03:47 AM 2558 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build something for my son. I had been watching Shannon over at The Renaissance Woodworker build the classic Roy Underhill tool tote and wanted to try one. Then I thought my son might like his own, so I used his as a test run.

The tote, except for the bottom, is 1/2 poplar. The bottom is some scrap 1/2 ply i had. I used the table saw to cut to boards to length, and to cut the 10 degree bevel on the plywood. I used the bandsaw to cut the rough shape of the handle, then finished with hand planes. Everything else was done with hand tools. This is my second project with through mortises and I have to say they are fun to make and give the tote a classic look.

I beveled the sides 10 degrees, but chose to leave the ends square, and to leave cutting compound joints for another day ;-)

Finished with boiled linseed oil.

-- Andreas, New York State

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 05:08 AM

Nice job Andreas. I want to make Roy’s tote too but compound angle dovetails are daunting. I recently made my cousin’s boy a tote in poplar also. Good luck on your box.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 02:31 PM

Very fun gift and nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 11:37 PM

Very nice tool tote for a first one for your son….looks great and I ma sure he will get lots of fun from it….and be able to help Dad do things round the house and in the workshop…Well done Dad.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 01:55 PM

Nice job Andreas. It is surprising how much you can carry in one of these totes. Don’t be afraid of the compound joints, they really are all about layout and just planing to those lines. Usually we are the ones who make them harder by trying to impose modern ideas and machines to them. The method I showed in that video I learned of in a Civil War era timberframing manual and it really is dirt simple.

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#5 posted 11-18-2013 03:30 PM

You did a nice job on it and hopefully it will eventually start your son into a promising hobby.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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