My revised Handy Randy tool tot

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Project by RandyMarine posted 02-01-2010 06:45 PM 3038 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again!

After I built my little halloween tot, (poste yesterday) It just sat on my work bench and became a catch all for all the things you need close by but don’t want to spend 2 hours searching for it. Well, in a month it was over flowing and I still had to search for things. So I decided to divide it up and make it more orginized.

I started with a cutoff piece of red oak for the base…I wanted something I could put a paper towel roll and a pencil box. I made all the dividers out of 3/16 “paneling that I had from another project. Because, the tot was made out of very thin and fragile plywood, I decided to reinforce the handle holders with 1/2” red oak slates…

This is when I noticed the contest for the yin and yang thing. I decided I would paint all they plywood black to a smooth finish and oil the oak and than poly the whole thing for the glossy effect. I also added some brass hardware to make it a little more eye catching. (Not to mention just get a good feel for how brittle brass is.)

Unfortunately, I didn’t finish it untill 10 pm last night and it was too late to post for the contest…not that I thought it could win but, I would have loved to see how it would have been judged to grade my skill level.

Some of the compartments were measured out for a specific purpose. IE. a place for my glue brushes to sit and not get hard, a place for my gloves, and pen/pencil compartment…Others are just good for holding little things like those small clamps that fall into every nock and cranney.

This was by far the most fun I have had just dreaming stuff up and slapping it together…and the best part is it permanentlly resides on my work bench.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#2 posted 02-01-2010 07:25 PM

Now that is a cool idea, something everyone could use in the workshop, carry it around for repairs needed around the house.


-- never enough time in a day so use it well

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#3 posted 02-01-2010 08:13 PM

Never put up a shelf…..stuff grows on it

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#4 posted 02-01-2010 10:31 PM

problem with building storage totes like this is that once full, you end up building yet another, then another, then another and before you know it, you have 10 of these to find homes for… lol… this one looks pretty good, but I would add the stackability factor to the next design “just in case”

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 09:28 AM

Functional yet easy on the eyes. I can dig it.

-- Ray

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