This week in the shop: an old tool tote

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 06-25-2017 05:21 PM 1106 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year a very dear friend died after a full life. She was a very practical lady, and after she took care of items that she wanted the family to have, she made arrangements for the rest of her possessions to be organized and set up so that her extended family could come to her house and take their pick of what was in her house, from books, to shelving, to plates to everything. Absolutely nothing was sacred and everything was supposed to go if anyone had a use for it.

One of the things that one of the organizers had set aside for me to pick up was an old wood tool tote. It was painted a dark brown and has a crack along one side, nothing horrendous or structural in nature. It’s been sitting in my garage/workshop since last November with plans to someday do something with/to it.

Today, while I was cleaning up after finishing some prototype wineglass racks, I found myself with a bunch of loose tool bits that don’t really have a place that were cluttering my workbench. And I’m trying to figure how to get this all together and put away somewhere, when I notice that tote just sitting on a flat surface (table? cabinet? chair? If it’s a flat surface, it’ll hold something, and we will let gravity have it’s way with much in that particular position). So why not use that?

So I brought it over and set it on my workbench stool and took a look at it. The top parts/pieces drawer was difficult to get out or back into it’s place, so I took a hand plane to the sides and voila! a serviceable tote.

The stuff in it now is just there to get things off my workbench, but somewhere down the line I’m going to address what should actually go in this tote. The plan for this would be a collection of tools and pieces that Dear Wife would commonly use around house projects (hardware for hanging pictures, screwdrivers, hammer, pliers, screws, etc.) that would be all one place, easy to access, and easy to tote to the work and back. Sort of like the design for a tool tote, right? Genius! I’m a genius … for using something in the manner for which it was meant to be used.

For those of you who keep reading this, thanks. Comments are always welcome. Just not expected. ;-)

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 06-25-2017 11:18 PM

Nice to have tools in your hand that others used and enjoyed. Sounds like a great way to keep your deer friend near! Hope you and the tote have many, many years together!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 02:08 AM

What a wonderful way to honor your friend.

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#3 posted 06-26-2017 02:20 AM

That is the first one I have seen with drawers. Very cool and if the tote could talk, it would likely feel grateful to be put back to good use.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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