Craftsman-Style Tool Carrier - Paul Sellers

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Project by BTodd posted 09-03-2020 02:00 PM 1803 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was another Paul Sellers project that I had a lot of fun with. It’s probably the most complex woodworking project I’ve completed to date, which made it that much more rewarding when everything came together at the end. I do most of my woodworking in my apartment with hand tools, but I also take advantage of some power tools to break down and dimension boards at my parent’s house and the warehouse for my job. So, this will make it a lot easier to bring my tools with me when ever I go to either of those locations.

I used some leftover rough cut SYP from my workbench for the case, leftover pine from my tool drawer organizer for the tray, oak veneer plywood for the carrier and tray bottoms, and some scrap oak for the carrier bar. My preferred finish for pine has been Watco Natural Danish Oil and paste wax.

This was my first attempt at tackling through dovetails, and using my Katz-Moses dovetail jig really did help my saw cuts. Unfortunately, as nice as the jig is, it doesn’t stop you from cutting on the wrong side of the tails if you ignore your marks. Thankfully, I caught this error pretty quickly and fixed it on the remaining dovetails. The tricky part of this build comes after the case is together when you add the carrier bar and divider, but with some careful layout and marking everything should come together fine. I got to practice some housing dados and lots of grooves for the bottoms and support strips for the removable tray. Most of the mortise and tenon joints were pegged with a pine dowel I had on hand.

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I’d definitely recommend it as a great project to practice your joinery.

-- Brett, Georgia

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#1 posted 09-03-2020 04:53 PM

Nice job.
I remember my days of apartment woodworking, and I didn’t turn out anything like this.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#2 posted 09-03-2020 05:46 PM

Nice tool box. Well done

-- Petey

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#3 posted 09-04-2020 01:37 AM

Nicely done, sounds like it will a bit of use too.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 09-04-2020 08:59 AM

Very useful and great, clean looking result!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#5 posted 09-05-2020 06:33 AM

Brett, I like your carrier. It is functional and attractive. By way of sharing you might look at this design for a tool tote. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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