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Blog entry by shawnSK posted 03-24-2020 06:09 PM 531 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The tool tote so far – the joints are cut, the sides are set and one end has been shaped.
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I score a handle opening with a marking knife, (I’m really beginning to love this thing) and chisel the opening out with a mallet. The registration is good, the cut is square. I may be getting the hang of this after all.
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I fit the handle into the slot and it fits snugly. It even gets kind of stuck. Wonderful!
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I trace my finished end onto the other and this time I drill a hole in each corner of the handle hole area. It’s a little frustrating, using one tool to prep for another, when I expected to just forge ahead. Patience. I have none apparently. But the jig saw makes short work of the handle opening. I chisel out the waste. Soon I have a duplicate tool tote end. I fit the side and ends together and they fit! I feel pretty good.
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The handle needs some shaping, so I try out a rasp. My test is good, so I round handle edges with rasp and file. It feels nice now, like something I would enjoy carrying around.
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I am going to glue and nail the floor in place. I mark the nail spots with a cheap compass and an awl. Someone suggests drilling pilot holes with the actual nail, so I do that.
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I’m really nervous about the floor. Do I cut it first and try to put the whole frame and floor together at the same time? Do I glue the frame and cut the floor to match? I feel like I’ll go through 30 feet of pine to get it right. Not sure why it’s so nerve-wracking. I guess I just want to be good at this. After much deliberation, I’ll glue the frame so at least it’s consistent when cutting the floor to match.
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Gluing the frame together goes well. As it dries I realize I didn’t glue one side of all the joints. Oops. But, given that it locks together decently and I’ll have a floor to stabilize the piece, it should be fine.
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A few days pass and I have time to continue. Now it’s time for the floor. Sigh. Okay, okay. Stop the pessimism. Back up a bit. Without a floor, this tote is great. I enjoy the look and feel and how it’s all coming together. I carry it around from room to room like it has tools in it. I’m proud of my efforts so far.
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So, the floor. I’ll crosscut first and mark the wood so I have at least 1/2” of wiggle room. I’m too nervous. Let’s make it an inch or inch and a half longer instead. Plenty of room to make mistakes.
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With the marking knife, I set a line. But it’s square from the wrong edge. So I flip the board over and do it again from the correct edge. And in the process, mark from the wrong side. Cut the board short. Crap.
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I bring it to the tool tote and the length is completely accidentally almost perfect! Really? Did that just happen? Wish I had a photo… too awestuck… did not take one.
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I pencil a line for the width I need from inside the tote.
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Now planing. Last night I flattened the floor board and my plane choked and clogged and was a real pain in the butt. I sharpen the iron, and move the frog back and adjust the chipbreaker. And soon, full width edge shavings! I have never seen anything so beautiful! And the feel – the edge is so smooth. And the sound! Shink, shink! Wow. That made my day. And now the floor fits snugly. Perfect!
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Before the magical floor can change into the wrong length or something, I tap in some nails, glue up the floor and drive the nails home.
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Next up – adding a chisel rack and finishing the tote.

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan



5 comments so far

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Andre

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#1 posted 03-25-2020 06:24 PM

Looks good, but not sure about your method to attach bottom? A quick rabbit on the bottom and floating bottom would IMO be better?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Tony_S

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#2 posted 03-25-2020 08:37 PM

Good work Shawn. Sometimes shit just works…sometimes it doesn’t. lol!
Sounds like you’re enjoying the hell out of all this. I enjoyed reading…

Andre
Read his first blog on the toolbox…dudes got next to no tools. Damn fine job for the tools at hand and next to no experience.

-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

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shawnSK

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#3 posted 03-26-2020 02:42 AM

Good advice, Andre. I just had no confidence in my ability to chisel out a groove on this one and didn’t want to chance wrecking my progress. I’m looking for a rabbit or dado project next though. I want to see if I can make them.

Thanks Tony. Part one was soo frustrating. Part two, things really clicked!

-- Shawn, Saskatchewan

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Andre

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#4 posted 03-26-2020 03:56 PM

Ahhh! so I see, then Really good! necessity is the mother of invention so keep at it, with all the “Experts ” on this site I some times forget that others are just finding this Site!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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retired_guru

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#5 posted 04-17-2020 04:01 PM

Awesome. Yes, the sounds of the plane cutting through the wood, the feel of being in control, the smell of the shavings and the looks of their curls, it’s all quite satisfying. So much so that if you’re not careful you will not want to stop planing once you’ve met your objective. I know, because it happens to me on occasion. ;)

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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