Tool tote for a friend's son

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Project by woodiscool posted 12-26-2014 09:52 AM 2213 views 12 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas gift for a friend’s son. Made with cherry, purpleheart and maple. First time I’ve made something like this. Also a first on the hand cut dovetails. Lots of learning on this. The finish is tung oil and paste wax.
Just because someone on YouTube does a video on cutting dovetails by hand and makes it look easy, doesn’t mean it is easy. I can see where practice makes perfect. Even by the fourth side, I was getting better. Only a few hundred more to go before I will get good.
If anything, I hope this inspires him to become interested in making things and hopefully even hand made things.

Cheers and Merry Christmas,

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 11:06 AM

Great project. I love the combination of maple + any dark wood. Contrast is always nice.

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 02:46 PM

Wow, that is beautiful. First time?! I wish my first try went that well. Or my 10th….

-- "Measure Once, Curse Twice"

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 11:34 PM

Awsome! If this doesn’t motivate your friend’s son to take up woodworking, I don’t know what will!

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 01:03 AM

Love this project. Great selection of material. Have to try that.

-- Tom in Mount Vernon, Wa

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 04:13 AM

Outstanding! Really like the bottom drawer.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 06:45 PM

Beautiful project and I really like the design! Is the design yours or perhaps a combination of other designs you have run across. Any info on the drawers would be appreciated. Ditto for any info on the design/dimensions.

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#7 posted 12-27-2014 09:04 PM

Marc, really nice build. Is there something to hold the drawer in place?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 12-28-2014 05:42 AM

Looks great!

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 12-31-2014 07:58 PM

Some time ago I want to make one for my tools, I’ll copy the design.

Excellent work.

-- Carlos Farías, Taller de Carpinteria, Querétaro, México.

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