World War II tool tote

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Project by DYNO360 posted 08-14-2010 01:48 AM 2201 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. Tote is made of 3/4” pine with a recessed plywood bottom. I made the handle out of oak and gave it an arc, so items could be placed in the tote more easily. I also laminated some 1/4” poplar to the sides to make the “Pistol Grip” a little bigger. I sanded it smooth and painted just the grip with Krylon. It is not plastic! I used some special hardware, little metal barrels that have 1/4-20 threaded holes, hex head screws, and flat washers that I painted red to give it a military look. Finally, I gave it a quick, “camo” paint job and painted a flying tiger on the side. You can get some big items in this tote and it’s build to carry them!

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 02:02 AM

I like it. I am curious to why it is called WW II though.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 08-14-2010 02:12 AM

Yeah, I know that the “Flying Tigers” were part of the American Volunteer Group and officially not part of World War II, but the image does give it a look of something from the ‘40s. That’s what I was after. I like all the stuff from that era. I like the big bands, the songs, and my favorite girl singer, Helen Forrest. I like Patty, Maxine & LaVerne too!!

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#3 posted 08-14-2010 03:05 AM

Well done and good for you for going the extra mile to make it special.
Great tiger image
My kids loved your pirate treasure chest also :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 08-14-2010 11:56 AM

I like it, what are the screw in the face there for? Is there something that goes inside? I work for FedEx who ended up by Flying Tigers Airlines a long time ago. Not sure if thats the same one your talking about. Cool box!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-14-2010 03:17 PM

Thanks ken90712 They are not screws; they are cross dowels. The slot is there so you can align the threaded hole in the dowel (I called them little threaded barrels in my explanation above) with the cap screw. You can get these from Rockler. The FedEx Flying Tiger is not the original.

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#6 posted 08-14-2010 04:13 PM

Well.. having an Uncle who was a member of the Tigers I can appreciate the artwork… you probably already knew that the original logo was designed by Walt Disney, right?

-- Dan M, SW Suburbs, Chicago IL

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#7 posted 08-14-2010 04:59 PM

I love this project through and through, nice work!

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 08:06 PM

Great liitle project. i like it:-)

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

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 08:49 PM

Thanks Dan M. I did not know that. They have a nice P-40 at the Naval Air Museum in Pensicola, Fla., complete with shark’s mouth and tiger. That museum is awesome and not to be missed. On the 2nd floor they have a 40’s style town complete with stores and a cut a way house. For me it was the ultimate “way back” machine. It was so accurate right down to the movie candy and snacks. For instance, the peanut butter crackers came in a cube of only 4 crackers, and the candy bars had wrappers with the old artwork.

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#10 posted 08-17-2010 06:49 AM

Great job, I thought the handle was plastic and was wondering how you got it on there. Now I know

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 08-19-2010 05:35 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 02-15-2013 02:29 PM

I jist stumbled across this post and I must say I LOVE that handle. Gonna add to my fav’s so I can “borrow” that idea :-)

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#13 posted 02-15-2013 04:45 PM

That is really nice and it looks like a fun project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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