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I went into the shop today to start work on a kitchen table, and somehow, ended up with this. Sometimes I need to do a simple, little project, to "clear my palette" before starting something big.

I'd recently signed up for a one day hand tool woodworking class on dovetails, and we're required to bring a few of our own tools; a spread of chisels, a dovetail saw, square, marking knife, awl, etc. as my tools never leave my shop (except when they get into my house for trim work), and I just didn't like the idea of bringing them in a plastic tool box, cardboard box, or backpack.

I spied some nice clear pine scrap, a 3/8" cherry panel, and a 1" oak dowel, and came up with this. I added the sliding tray later, as it holds chisels and other handled tools well. It was all done with hand tools, except a couple of rips on my band saw. Finished with boiled linseed oil (old school!).

Overall, I'm pleased. Tomorrow I'll start on the kitchen table.

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Not bad but the pieces being screwed on after cutting the dovetails seems a little cheesy. Wouldn't it have been better to have the dovetailed ends go taller to incorporate the handle vs screwing a piece on or were you just limited by the dimensions of scrap you had lying around? Like your dovetails though.
 

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^I am the same way, I often do several "mini Projects" as I progress with whatever large build I happen to be doing.

This is a very cool design, my favorite element is the cross dowel that keep the handle in place.
 

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great toolbox,i built a couple small tool boxes a few weeks back and enjoyed something fun and simple.
 

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Rev Russ-I actually thought about making the ends & handle a single piece, but I would have had to turn the board 90 degrees to have the grain right for the handle, and then it would have been wrong for the dovetails. I couldn't have the grain right for both parts, so I went with this. Besides, I'd just seen an example built this way earlier in the week, and it stuck with me as a good solution. And sure, they're screws, but I was all out of hand forged clinch nails :p
 

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Nice job!
 

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Real nice tote. I do like the design.
I really do need to make one of these and get my house tools out of the plastic bucket. Also need one for work to keep some stuff in. Thanks for posting another idea.

CtL
 

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Nice tote, screws and all. I especially like the sliding tray. Like you said….better than a plastic box. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Looks great.
I need to make something like this to tote around tools/drills/screws etc when fixing stuff around the yard
Thanks for inspiration
 
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