Small Projects #2: Small Oak Tool Tray

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 01-27-2020 12:16 AM 588 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The better half doesn’t always say anything but I know my leaving small hand tools on her coffee table irks her to no end. To preserve the peace I made this little (12” x 8” x 3-1/2”) oak tool caddy to toss my stuff in one place instead of being scattered to-hell-and-gone.

I had a couple of 1/4” x 3-1/2” x 36” pieces of store bought (BORG) oak kicking around and this seemed like a good project.

I cut the boards into six 11-3/4” pieces. The bottom is two pieces, the center handle a third, the two long sides a fourth and the short ends and dividers the fifth. The sixth piece is left over for another project.

The sides and ends are middle rips so their height worked out to 1-9/16”. I trim ripped all pieces to the same width as there was about 3/32” width variance between the raw boards.

A 1” Forstner bit in the drill press made fast work of drilling the handle and the band saw easily cut the tapers.

The dividers required the the sides, bottoms, and both sides of the middle be dadoed 1/8” x 1/4”. Due to symmetry each piece is cut between miter gauge shifts. On a normal miter fence cutting all of the dado perfectly would require a dado set that I don’t have. Fortunately the Incra M1000 miter gauge saves the day.

A little light sanding and everything was ready for glue ups. In my urge to conserve materials I’d gotten three 11-3/4” pieces out of a 36” not realizing this would make the overall project 12-1/4”—a @#$%&()! 1/4” too big for my 12” clamps! Thankfully I’d just bought another pair of 18” clamps. Good thing too, as I’d previously only had two 18”s and for this I needed three!


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#1 posted 01-27-2020 11:36 AM

Better watch it Madm’... soon SWMBO will get you picking up your dirty washing!

Notice no room for the alcohol… guess you don’t leave that scattered all over the place.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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