Open Shoulder Totes

You can plan to carry a group of tools weighing less than about 50 lb. in a single-hand tote as long as you keep the shape of the box relatively narrow (see p. 134). The simplest, and probably the most efficient, design is the open shoulder tote (see the photo above). Here most of the tools—even bulky ones—are visible and instantly accessible, even when the box is surrounded by other equipment. This accessibility, of course.

has its price: The contents are not particularly well protected from damage during transport; there is no protection from rain (unless you make a waterproof slipcover); and the tools are easy to steal.

An open shoulder tote need not be restricted to the 50-lb. weight limit. If you have a willing partner and design a carrying system for two people, you can make a larger box with greater capacity. Nor must you make your tote of wood. You can also make practical and easy-to-use totes from canvas and leather (see pp. 136-139). Open shoulder totes are discussed more fully in Chapter 9.


Wooden Tool Tote

This lidded tote by furniture maker David Bevan of Gloucester. Ontario. Canada, features two movable lids—a top lid containing a pair of saws, a tape and a level, and a drop-front lid that opens to reveal a small open tool well and banks of pivoting drawers. Photo by David Bevan.

DDED TOTES ing a tight-fitting, locking lid to a land tote makes the box more jre in shipping and protects the ?nts from the weather, dust, debris I theft (although a scoundrel can ys make off with the whole box), illy important, a lid provides extra torage area, making the box more utile. There are, however, a few icks to adding a lid to an open lldcr box. If you want the tote to • bulky tools such as a framing ire or some panel saws, you'll find ; haw to design it to be somewhat r-or at least taller if you go with a efcase-type design—than it might wise be as an open box. The box I consequently be heavier and will ■ up a bit more room in your vehicle. I access to a lidded tote is often sible until it is unloaded it from its tion in the truck. Lidded totes are issed more fully in Chapter 10.

Carpenter Jeff Olson of Montara. Calif., wanted his toolbox to contain both a framing square and a 24-in. level, so he designed a briefcase-style tote. When the tote is open, all the tools within the case are easy to see and to get at. When closed, the narrow case is easily carried and stowed. Photo by Jeff Olson.

Carpenter Tool Tote

A 'tool barrow" by Linden Frederick of Belfast. Maine. Two open shoulder totes hitch a lift on the lid of the box; scabbards carry panel saws. Photos by Chuck Lockhart.

Wooden Tool Tote

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