Tool and Super Hero Tote for my Grandson

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 11-17-2013 06:53 PM 2113 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project with the intention of using wood that was rehab’ed after we demolished our decades old western red cedar deck. Box sides and the handle were made from that material but I wanted more durability from the other parts so the uprights are from ash, dividers and tray are cherry with Baltic birch bottoms. Homemade edge banding in maple and walnut.

Finish is Minwax semi-gloss poly cut to 60% with VM&P Naphtha, over homebrew Danish Oil (One third BLO, One third P&L 38 Alkyd varnish, one third Mineral Spirits) all ragged on. Handle was finished with rattle-lacquer between centers (Valspar spray Acrylic because it was sitting around the garage with just a corner left).

My charge helped me screw on the sides by beeswaxing the screw threads before tightening them up. I dated/dedicated the bottom with a Sharpie. I hope it lasts a lifetime, and I will fill it with tools that span the family woodworkers back to his Great-grandfather as he ages and needs them.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 07:17 PM

Beautiful! Very well done!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 07:17 PM

Douglas; A great project and a great helper and for future projects together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 11-17-2013 07:27 PM

That’s great Douglas ,it’s so fun to build things for the grand kids.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 11-17-2013 08:01 PM

Very nice! I’m sure the craftsmanship will be admired for many years to come.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#5 posted 11-17-2013 08:52 PM

awesome tote, bet he loves it!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 11-17-2013 09:14 PM

Very nice
A piece of history in the making !

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 09:39 PM

beautiful work. The edge banding adds a real classy touch to what I’m sure will be a cherished tool tote as your grandson uses it over the years.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 11-17-2013 10:11 PM

this is great, I loved that you used wood from your house, I have a few things made from my grand dad’s house and I will cherish forever as well as your grandchild will. thanks for posting.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#9 posted 11-17-2013 10:12 PM

A very nice tote Douglas The turned handle and inlay on the box section and the over all build shows excellent craftsmanship…Great job.

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

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#10 posted 11-17-2013 10:26 PM

That’s really great Douglas.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 11-17-2013 11:26 PM

a very nice project, and worthy of its new owner, great job douglas..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 11-17-2013 11:28 PM

Superb workmanship Douglas.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 11-17-2013 11:57 PM

Great new family Heirloom you’ve created Douglas. My 4 year old Grandson is showing interest in my shop – I’m hoping that when he gets older he will still have some interest.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 11-18-2013 12:31 AM

A gr8 project. I know one little guy who’s gonna like it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 11-18-2013 01:26 AM

Nice job, Grandpa. A special project that may help carry on a family tradition. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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