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The inspiration for this came from a similar tote I saw setting on the fireplace mantel at Dixie Landing restaurant at Disney World some years ago. I remember it being high and not completely visible but I was taken by it's flowing lines and general shape.

This tote is 19" long, 10" wide, and 12" high. The trays are 3/8's and the ends are 5/8's with a 45 degree 1/8th inch chamfer to prevent the corners fron chipping. For a finish, I used 4 coats of Sea Fin Teak Oil sanding with 400Grit wet or dry between coats followed with a final coat of Johnsons paste wax applied with 4/0 steel wool .

I made the trays of Hard Maple and I think the ends are Jatoba. I got the board maybe ten years ago from a friend of mine over in Riverview. He told me the name of it at the time and I wrote it on the board with a piece of white chalk (all I had at the time). The chalk was gone when I finally decided to use the board but I think that was what he called it.

I put a 12 inch ruler in the photos for scale.

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Too nice for any of my tools. ;~)
 

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Excellent job, beautiful work. I have been trying to design a tote like that.
 

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Come on!! You can't seriously plan on putting toos in that?!

That is drop-dead gorgeous!
 

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Awsome! Really too nice for tools. Maybe some sort of serving tray?

BTW - I've used a lot of Jatoba and I've never see any with that much light color. The Jatoba can be dead straight grain or nicely figured but all I've seen is shades of dark brown. Looks more like Cocobolo to me. What ever it is, it looks great.
 

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Very nice tool tray. The handle is very impressive
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that is beautiful!!
I can see a lot of uses for this - and none of them include woodworking tools.
 

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Fantastic looking tote! Great wood selection and execution!
 

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Fantastic, the finish is outstanding. Love those lines too they are great.
 

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Thom,

That is absolutely stunning. My wife says it is too beautiful to use for woodworking. That is one that you can definitely be proud of. I cannot wait to have some time to build something for the shop that is not either melamine or 2×4s.

Keep up the great work.
 

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very impressive work. favorite design.

welcome to lumberjocks
 

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I think my wife would lay claim to that the minute the finsh dried. It is a wonderful peice. I have some of those unidentified boards around my shop. I may borrow your design a bit if you don't mind.
 

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That wood is on fire. That is too nice to use as a tool tray. But what good is a trophy that isn't functional? Use it well. Very nice.
 

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Sheesh, very nice. Welcome to LJ.
 

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Very nice. I like to fluid lines.
 

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Very nice and something to be proud of for sure!
 

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That is one fine looking piece there. Those totes are probably one of the most functional and practical things to have. i have a metal one I made out of sheet metal in high-school metal shop that is still being used to this day. its almost 40 years old. Not nearly as attractive but very practical. I imagine that one you made will become like an old friend to you over the years too.

Nice job !
 
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