When Wayne Law, of Canton, New York, set out to make an open shoulder tote to carry a selection of hand tools and small fittings for electrical work around the shop, his goal was to create a "no-rummage" toolbox. It would be a challenge: Law wanted the box to be as small as practical, yet contain plenty of compartments. Tired of searching through catch-all bins of small parts, he knew that the more he could compartmentalize the design, the happier he would be with the result. The finished toolbox is shown on p. 140.
DESIGN NOTES While working up the design. Law hit upon the idea of using the configuration of a fisherman's tackle box. The stacking trays and swing-out design maximized the number and accessibility of the compartments while minimizing the footprint of the box when closed. The handle folds down, increasing accessibility even more. To prevent the box from rolling from side to side on the handle's pivot point, Law cleverly slotted the handle and added a locking peg that engages when the box is lifted.
Law designed his box to fit his particular assortment of tools and supplies, laying them all out on a table to establish the sizes of the various compartments. Fie kept the size
Wayne Law's tool tote carries small hand tools and electrical fittings around his shop. Modeled on a fisherman's tackle box. the tote features straightforward joinery and lightweight materials. When the box is open, the handle folds down out of the way. making the contents of the box more accessible. Photos by Craig Wester.
manageable: \2V* in. wide by 183/» in. long by IOV2 in. high. While you can make your box larger, be careful to make it no wider than Law's 123A in. or it will be awkward to carry. Remember, too, that the bigger you make your box, the more stuff you will be tempted to stow, and the heavier the box will be to haul around.
To keep both cost and weight down. Law used %-in. A-C fir plywood and pine. You could go to Vi-in. maple plywood for a nicer looking, though admittedly somewhat heavier (and definitely more expensive), box. For increased durability, use hardwood for the handle arms.
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