Tool tote

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Project by PioneerRob posted 12-18-2014 06:29 AM 2622 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am an occasional historic interpreter at Lang Pioneer Village, mostly in the carpenter shop. I have found that guests are much happier seeing work actually being done using traditional tools and techniques, rather than hearing me talk about it. I prefer to use my own tools, rather than the tools from the workshop. But, I was finding that carrying them into the shop in a bag was cumbersome and not in the spirit of tradition. So I needed a tool tote.

Pine body made from scrap, birch handle. The handle is mortise and tenoned into the box. The box sides are only sawn and otherwise unplaned, and are simply rabbeted and held together with square nails.

The curves on the handle were marked using a garbage can lid, for both inner and outer curves. What can I say, you make due with what you have.

The handle is finished with tung oil, and the body is left unfinished.

This was a quick, just-get-it-done project. I managed to finish it in one night.

-- Rob, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 03:02 PM

Nice piece. I like the design and the details. From now, raw, shellac or milk paint ? ;-) Thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 04:12 PM

Need to age it a little. Some wax shoe polish on a rag is good for a few smears on the sides and top where the hand would rub.

Great looking tote.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 05:04 AM

I haven’t thought too much about painting it or ageing it. I’ll consider the recommendations though. The shoe polish sounds like an interesting idea.

-- Rob, Ontario

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