In the above video you’ll learn how to make a simple dovetailed tool box that I designed a couple years ago for Christmas presents for my two sons. This is a great starter project for anyone wanting to get started using hand tools…and a great place to store your hand tools!
In the video I reference my dovetail tutorial videos (in case you need a tutorial). You can find it here at this link.
I designed this dovetail tool tote to be cut from one pre-dimensioned 1x8x8 tulip poplar board, which can easily be found at your local home center (like Lowes or Home Depot…here’s what I bought). Want advice on how to choose your board? See my video “How to Choose Lumber for Woodworking“.
Obviously you can use other types of wood. If you want to learn how to dimension your own board from rough lumber, refer to my tutorial for squaring boards.
A 1x8x8 board’s real dimensions are 3/4″ thick x 7 1/4″ wide x 8′ long. Of course, you can make this dovetail tool tote any size you like. Here is the cut list for my panels:
- Two longer boards: 3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 18″
- Four shorter boards: 3/4″ x 7-1/4″ x 10″
- The handle just needs to be longer than the assembled box, and can be cut from the leftover wood.
- 1/4″ thick wood for the box bottom. If you can’t find real wood this thin, then you can easily find small 1/4″ plywood panels for a good price.
After you’ve joined the rectangular box together with dovetail joinery, then you can take it apart and glue on the angled top. You would then cut the handle and mortises, plow the grooves, cut the bottom, and finally glue it all together…don’t worry, the video covers it all.
TOOLS THAT YOU’LL NEED
Even though I’ve written a nice hand tool buying guide (here), I’m still often asked for links to the tools that I use in my videos, so here is a list of tools that I used (or mentioned) in this video:
- Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Rabbet Block Plane
- Vintage Stanley No. 5 Jack Plane
- Vintage Stanley No. 4 Smoothing Plane
- Vintage Stanley No. 7 Jointer Plane
- Vintage Stanley No. 45 Combination Plane
- Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw
- Lie-Nielsen’s thin plate 16″ Tenon Rip Saw
- Lie-Nielsen cross cut back saw
- Chris Yonker’s 12″ bow saw on ebay or a simple coping saw like this.
- Vintage Disston No. 16 Cross Cut Panel Saw
- Vintage Disston No. D-8 Rip Panel Saw
- Vintage Millers Falls Miter box and miter saw
- Robert Larson Coping Saw
MARKING & MEASURING:
- Starrett 6-inch combination square
- Veritas Wheel Marking Gauge or Veritas Dual Wheel Marking Gauge
- Marking knife (chip carving knife)
MALLETS & HAMMERS:
- Crown No. 106 20-Oz Beechwood Mallet
- Small Cross Peen Hammer (to adjust plane iron)
- TEKTON 3165 16-oz. White Rubber Mallet
BRACE & AUGER BITS
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