A friend and fellow club member, Russ Owen, designed a tool carrier that really appealed to me. With his permission, I built one for myself and made some modifications to better suit my needs. The two sides are held together, for transporting, by 4 rare earth magnets. The drawer in each of the sides is held in place with a rare earth magnet. The two sides are slid apart and positioned end-to-end to create an instant carving studio. I carry gloves, spare knives, diamond sharpening cards and other useful items in the drawers. There are openings in the handle pieces so the drawer contents can be viewed without removing the drawer. The drawer lids are plexiglass to make viewing of the contents possible. One of the pictures shows the tote covered with a vinyl “coat” to protect it from dust, rain and prying eyes.
The last picture shows a tip I got from a friend. If a knife does not have a tapered handle, but still drops through a storage hole, I’ve added a short length of clear tubing slightly longer than the knife blade. The tubing inside the storage hole will support the handle without the blade reaching the wood at the bottom. This tubing is found at hardware stores and is sold by the foot. It’s inside diameter should be large enough for the blade to fit without sticking.
I’ve had several requests for plans to make a tool tote. I do NOT have formal plans for building this tote and currently do not expect to prepare plans. The length is 14 inches and the height is 11 and 3/4 inches.