Lidded Totes

Over the years, countless carpenters and other tradespeople have gotten along just fine with the traditional open shoulder totes featured in Chapter 9. So why build a lid, which adds complexity, not to mention extra weight? Perhaps the most important reason is security: A lid keeps the tools out of sight and out of the minds of co-workers who "borrow" tools. (They don't steal them, of course, but they don't put them back where you expect to find them, either.) It also protects the tools from dust and the onslaught of site debris. A well-fit lid can even offer some protection from a rain shower. Sometimes the lid itself can be used to hold additional tools. For the same amount of volume as an open shoulder tote, a lidded version might offer considerably more storage capacity.

Like other types of tool storage, lidded totes can be complex or simple, ranging in workmanship from impeccable to quick-and-

ifcchael Doiron, of Peabody. Mass.. turned a pastic bucket into a tool tote, adding a lid so he could stand on it. A pair of jeans serves as a tool holder. Photo by Michael Doiron.

Make box high enough to contain framing square.

Framing square above bottom drawer

Keep width less than 12 in.

Panel saw on lid

Make box long enough to contain panel saw.

Provide well or large drawer in bottom of box for heavy tools.

Keep width less than 12 in.

Make box high enough to contain framing square.

Panel saw on lid

Make box long enough to contain panel saw.

Provide well or large drawer in bottom of box for heavy tools.

Framing square above bottom drawer dirty. You are limited only by your ingenuity. As I discovered early on, wherever there is a craftsperson, there is innovation—and probably a unique toolbox as well.

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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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