Work Tote

  • Advertise with us
Project by littlecope posted 09-21-2016 05:48 PM 3202 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty self explanatory…
Needed a new box to carry my ‘stuff’ at Work, so I came up with this…
Sides are Curly Maple, the two swinging lids/handles are made from Bubinga… Likewise with the Hinges…
I had thought of reversing the hinges, i.e.; putting the contrasting maple halves on the top Bubinga (and vice versa for the bottom). but that looked a little too ‘Far-Out’...
Measurements came in at roughly 8” X 13”... The 8” will easily fit through my Locker Door as required…
It could have been longer (up to 16”) and still fit, but I wanted it to be a little more “box” proportional…
A build blog was posted on the Tote the other day if you missed it…
Thanks for your time, Comments are always appreciated and accepted! :)

21 September 2016

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

25 comments so far

View ellen35's profile


2750 posts in 4922 days

#1 posted 09-21-2016 06:13 PM

Love those “Mike” hinges !!


-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

View Ivan's profile


17323 posts in 4357 days

#2 posted 09-21-2016 06:52 PM

Wow! It’s realy something special. Those ’’piano’’ wooden hinghes are unique and extraordinary. I like this design, t’s all but usual.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

27794 posts in 4595 days

#3 posted 09-21-2016 06:53 PM

Great tote, Mike!! I love those hinges too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

View Lenny's profile


1752 posts in 5017 days

#4 posted 09-21-2016 07:06 PM

And here I thought it was an “enter through the roof” birdhouse! Just teasing, Mike. well done per usual. It will serve you well for many years. That bubinga is some gorgeous lumber. It looks great in the sunlight.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

View robscastle's profile


8614 posts in 3694 days

#5 posted 09-21-2016 08:13 PM

Mike thats one impressive box.
I liked the masking tape hinge better tee hee
The “rough” dimensions possibly may need a 0.056 tidy up.
Just out of interest what sort of “stuff” are you going to put in it.
Dont be damaging it putting it in and taking it out of the locker!

Buy a locker lock in case it grows legs while you are away!!

-- Regards Rob

View John Mills's profile

John Mills

21 posts in 2168 days

#6 posted 09-21-2016 08:29 PM

It looks like a wooden lunch box or Noah’s Ark, either way it’s beautiful!

-- John M. - Iowa "If the women don't find you handsome, at least they'll find you handy"

View patron's profile


13722 posts in 4831 days

#7 posted 09-21-2016 08:38 PM

great work and design michael

the wood combo really ‘pops’

and your signature hinge
makes the day

good to see you back to the shop
after all the house stuff you have had to do first

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View lew's profile


13546 posts in 5245 days

#8 posted 09-21-2016 08:40 PM

Awesome “work box” Mike!

As David said, those hinges really make the project!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View htl's profile


5628 posts in 2649 days

#9 posted 09-21-2016 11:45 PM

Heavy duty!!!
Open it up and put it on it’s side and it’s a venus fly trap for carpenters. lol

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 4180 days

#10 posted 09-22-2016 12:09 AM


-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View littlecope's profile


3156 posts in 4992 days

#11 posted 09-22-2016 12:13 AM

Thank you all very much…
It is a different looking thing to be sure!
Everyone who sees it seems to be reminded of something… Here, Debbie said it reminded her of a covered Bridge…

Lenny: Wood never looks better than out in the Sunlight, huh? That’s why I try (if it is at all possible), to take the final project pix outdoors on a nice day… It makes almost any project look terrific!

Robert: The contents are not mysterious! Just a few items that make Life at Work a little easier… Cell Phone Charger, Magnifying Glass, Water Bottle, my Stash of M & M’s… You do have M & M’s in Australia, right???

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile (online now)


24903 posts in 5166 days

#12 posted 09-22-2016 01:31 AM

Looks good Mike. How does the handle feel carrying it?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Roger's profile


21055 posts in 4294 days

#13 posted 09-22-2016 03:09 AM

Way cool Mike. Luv those hinges

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View Boxguy's profile


2905 posts in 3757 days

#14 posted 09-22-2016 03:45 AM

Mike, I enjoyed being taken along during this build. It was fun to see it take shape. The hinges are unique and really give the box character. The wood and finish are beautiful. I would have rounded off the corners, but then I make all of my boxes look like a used bar of soap. This is fun and unique…just like you. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4356 days

#15 posted 09-22-2016 12:50 PM

It’s very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

showing 1 through 15 of 25 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics