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rhybeka

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11-18-2015 04:37 PM

Hi all!

I’m a hand tool newb for the most part and could use some insight. I’ll be travelling for the upcoming US holiday with my family and would like to take one of my hand tool projects to work on (mainly to escape some of the insanity inside) and was wondering how everyone travels with their tools if they don’t have specific tool storage built to travel with? I’ve got plans to build a plane till/chest/storage/portable box but it’s not going to happen before travelling next week. I’m looking to take two handsaws, a few hand planes, a hand drill, and a few chisels/hammer.

-Becky

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.


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#1 posted 11-18-2015 04:41 PM

Ahem…

I used this thing over last weekend…..even had a full length handsaw in it…..

Of, course, one doen’t NEED to dovetail the corners, rebated corners and nailed from both directions works for Roy Underhill’s tote.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 04:44 PM

A few years ago, I used an old carry-on luggage piece with many rags / towels to transport planes and chisels and the like to a woodworking class and it served pretty well. Getting saws inside would be a problem, but there may be a work around to make a saw scabbard to place in the outside zipper pouch?

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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hhhopks

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 04:53 PM

You should focus on projects that would minimize the amount of tooling required. Travel lite & don’t expect anyone to help you to carry your stuff.

If you are flying, I would avoid having tools as carry on. You don’t want to mess with TSA. I have lost my share of pocket knives on past trips.

I would suggest small carving type of projects would be ideal.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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rhybeka

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 04:59 PM

Luckily no TSA – sorry – should’ve mentioned we’re driving :)

@Smitty that’s a thought! I think I’ve got some old t-shirts waiting to be ripped down into rags in the garage.

@Bandit I don’t have your mad skilz and the ability to get it done in a weekend!

The project is a saw bench – nothing too huge. I just have to cut the joints and assemble and bore the holes in the top. Planes are in case there’s adjustment necessary.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 05:19 PM

Could do this

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 06:16 PM

Stop by and pick mine up….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 06:47 PM

I just got back from a driving trip with tools and I just packed my tools in a Contico Tuff Box (18”x30” size). No tools were harmed in the making of the trip.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 09:37 PM

its amazing the tools that will fit in a 5 gal bucket. Retract the blades, and set them in gently. Rags to wrap the special tools maybe, but probably not needed.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#9 posted 11-19-2015 01:16 AM

Wrap your more tender tools in rags/towels (you’ll pack some of those anyhow, right?)/t-shirts. and stuff it all into a gym bag or duffle bag. For future reference, my dreams of traveling abroad include getting my hands on a steamer trunk, or, mebees, building one. Google H.O. Studley, if you’re not already familiar. Oh. And for knockdown workbenches, check jack-bench.com. That’s CharlieK, my 100th Buddy, right behind you. Enjoy your trip. Where you going?

-- Mark

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#10 posted 11-19-2015 01:39 AM

OP goes on to say she’ll drive, but +1 to warning of think before you fly with tool. Check them or you’ll lose them. Hardware gets TSA worked up, too.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#11 posted 11-19-2015 01:47 AM

Never know what tool you might need.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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rhybeka

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#12 posted 11-19-2015 02:22 AM

Heading from OH to NC so we ‘fly’ in my parentals minivan. They are cool with me tagging along and I’m a better rider than driver so it works out.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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runswithscissors

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#13 posted 11-20-2015 08:14 AM

Have you thought about security? Like when you stop for a hamburger and your precious tools are out there in the van? This is an effective security technique: Hang a sign in the window that says, “Walter, open the door very carefully, as the rattlesnakes got loose.”

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#14 posted 11-20-2015 12:56 PM

LOL That’s a great idea – though some may see it and think it’s a challenge. We don’t wander far from the vehicle – usually one of us stays with it even at stops. I think Turtles got it right :D thought I do try to pack pretty light – the 2x material will most likely be heavier than my tools!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#15 posted 11-20-2015 12:58 PM



Could do this

- theoldfart


That would be nice if I could do it in a day. I can’t do anything in a day! Even a squirrel feeder :\

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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