Tool Tote for my Neighbor

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Project by bobasaurus posted 118 days ago 2169 views 32 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tool tote as a gift for my neighbor who helps me work on my car. He is a great car mechanic and I thought he could use some nice tool storage. The woods are walnut, cottonwood, red oak, and beech (on the runners). The walnut and cottonwood belonged to a woodworking friend of mine that passed away, so I like to think I’m continuing his legacy a little. I hand cut the dovetails and through-mortises, and did a lot of hand planing for dimensioning/trimming/smoothing.

The handle is slightly curved to make it feel nice in the hand and give more tool clearance in the center. I made it from two laminated pieces for added strength, and the tenons have small bloodwood wedges to keep them locked into the mortises.

I also made a sliding tray to keep smaller tools handy, which is removable to use as a mini-tote.

The design is roughly based on a ridiculously-fine tool tote made by jakub76 . I directly copied the idea of inlaying cross-grain wood near the handle for extra strength… should keep the wood from splitting under heavy loads.

I finished everything first with 1# cut amber dewaxed shellac to seal the grain (the cottonwood was especially soft and porous, so it needed it), then waterlox original to bring out the grain, followed by “helmsman” satin spar urethane for durability. Finally, I applied some renaissance wax to even-out the luster.

This is my favorite picture from the build, using my Lie-Nielsen no. 4 with 50 degree frog to smooth a side panel:

Here is a full set of build pictures for anyone interested:

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 118 days ago

Wow, I hope your neighbor realizes how nice of a tool box that is. If he does, I hope he still uses the heck out of it, because it looks like its built to last a lifetime.

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#2 posted 118 days ago

Wow, that will be appreciated!

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#3 posted 118 days ago

Great job. I really like the subtle curved handle, dove tails and the contrasting of the woods. The craftsmanship are def top notch.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 118 days ago

Super nice job – WOW

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 117 days ago

You always do a great job. A great gift that I am sure will be appreciated for years to come. Almost makes me want to move in next door. :)

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 117 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments. I gave it to him today and he seemed excited. Hopefully it won’t get too covered in grease / car fluids. Now I need to get back to making a few last-minute Christmas gifts.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 117 days ago

That sir is a show piece ! Well done…

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 117 days ago

Whoa,! That is some fine woodworking! Nicely done sir!


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#9 posted 117 days ago

very nicely done. It give me idea to make one for my nephew who start to really like tools.

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#10 posted 117 days ago

Beautiful tote, I wished I lived next to you. Excellent workmanship and attention to details, love it.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 117 days ago

Beautiful work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 117 days ago

Excellent looking tool tote, beautiful wood and joinery… looks too good to use….great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#13 posted 117 days ago

Absolutely stunning. What a great build with excellent craftsmanship. Added to favorites. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#14 posted 117 days ago

Beautiful work.

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#15 posted 117 days ago

I love it. It’s an awesome looking tote!
How do you like the LN #4 smoother? It’s on my short list.

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