Hand Dovetail Tool Tray

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Project by TDog posted 04-28-2012 05:03 AM 4966 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dovetail Tool Tray

I built this dovetail tool tray mostly by hand except for using the table saw to cut the plywood to go on the bottom. It is made from Southern yellow pine. The sides are dovetailed and the bottom is nailed flush. The dovetails are becoming more enjoyable as I just keep cutting them and watching more videos and reading up. I built this tool tray to go in the tool chest (also posted in my projects). The larger tray in the pictures just uses flush nailed joints for the sides. I built it quickly to get most of my hand tools off the workbench. I plan on replacing it with another dovetail tool tray soon. The 1/2 inch yellow pine finishes up and sands to look nice as the end result. The sanding really softened the edges and gave it a nice look. I may work that look into the tool chest later thiis week or next. It is great to be a part of Lumberjocks where people “get it”...this wild passion to create objects by woodworking. Ya’ll have fun…

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 05:35 AM

The tool trays look very good ,but I don’t think I would pile tools on top of other tools especially chisels.


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#2 posted 04-28-2012 06:22 AM

I tried to alternate my chisels and lay those all flat. The other tray has squares and screw drivers etc. What things would you change? I usually put my saw don below in the chest away from other tools. Any advice is welcome.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 11:58 AM


Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

Looks like you got a handle on the Dove Tails, very nicely done.

You might cut the fingers out of an old leather glove and holster your chisles to protect the blades, works in a pinch.

Work Safe and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 03:02 PM

Great looking tray, the dovetails really give it character.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 04-28-2012 03:39 PM

That’s a great idea for the chisels with the glove fingers. I didn’t want to resort to electrical tape. Still thinking about the possibilities. I got Jim Tolpin’s Tool Box Book for more ideas. It’s a good one.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#6 posted 05-02-2012 04:44 AM

great looking box dovetails.

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 09:30 PM

Thank you
Having fun with projects and getting great ideas from lumber jocks
I the Lord for workin hands and health.

-- "So many little time..." Psalm 23

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 05:56 PM

You can always resort to a good tool roll for the chisels. Mine has eyelets on the upper corners so I can hang it on the front of the bench while I’m using them, and still tuck them all away safely when life interrupts my fun. You can see mine laying adrift in one of the pictures from the Legare desk I’m working on if interested.

-- _Never argue with an idiot. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience_

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