Because lidded totes can be jam-packed with tools, most builders make them smaller than open totes. A lidded tote the size of my open shoulder carpentry box shown on p. 134 (1 ft. wide by 3 ft. long), would probably weigh far in excess of 60 lb.—more than most people want to earn' with one hand. For totes designed to carry a typical selection of carpentry tools, it's a good idea to limit their size. Make them just long enough to hold a panel saw, and just high enough to enclose a 24-in. framing square. Of course, as for any hand-carried tote, keep the width around 12 in. or less so it will be comfortable to earn' at your side.

To keep down the overall weight of the box, consider building it from either 3/s-in. or '/2-in. plywood, or from a lightweight solid wood such as pine, alder or western maple. If you use a lightweight wood, be sure to take the time to make durable joints. Dovetails or finger joints would be good choices.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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