Barn Totes

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Project by ralbuck posted 01-10-2014 02:21 AM 994 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are made from mostly reclaimed wood.

The handles were part of a gliider ottoman that had very bad bearings for the umpteeth time. Wife decided to give up on it!

The rest of the wood is reclaimed pallette wood.

They are screwed and glued, plus all corners are rounded off. I also put small felt pads on the bottom, too prevent scratching on nice furnoiture.

I actually did the cuts on the scroll saw except for the base custs which were made on the cut-off saw.

The belt sander erases small errors quickly and works out well.

AS I intend to make more of these I also made templates as I went. I use a shelf backing masonite and sandwich it between the 2 ends as I cut and dress them up before assembly. I eve put a small drill hole in my tempkate to mark the handle spot.

The pattern was made from a file folder just eyeballed and cut folded together to get equal halves when opened up.
Works well Have used that trick many times.

-- just rjR

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 05:35 AM

Hey these are really cute! I love the barn idea, it works well for a tote.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 09:46 AM

Cool idea!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 10:54 AM

Cool idea. I had to hit EDIT and add something different COOL IDEA RALBUCK!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 11:58 AM

haha. i like it!

-- Dave -

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 01:04 PM

Useful and fun. Nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 04:00 PM

Fun and cool idea.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 04:06 PM

A unique design for sure. I love red barns!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 04:08 PM

now that IS cool!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 01-10-2014 05:33 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. I do have to admit to “GRAND THEFT—-BARN Idea” but, I did my own layout from there!

I had seen one in a “Wink—Fun and Funky shop”; here in the area.

I had envisisoned it for a miniature farm toy tote, but it could even become a planter with a plastic insert.

-- just rjR

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