Carrying Tote Episode 1

Carrying Tote 1

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In this first episode Paul shows how to cut the housing dado and construct this simple box structure. He shows how to lay out the joints and cut the six housing dados that make up the box.


  1. Ken Haygarth - UK on 19 December 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks Paul / Joseph great little project, and so useful, Nice job

  2. Gary Hodgin on 19 December 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Nice project. Something I’ve been thinking about.

  3. Mexiquite on 19 December 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Fun stuff! I love the hat! Nice touch.

    I noticed you started planing on the center of the board when you were doing the edges and then went the full length. That was nice tip.

  4. JONATHAN WARREN on 19 December 2012 at 7:51 pm

    hello Paul – fetching hat πŸ™‚ – has anyone noticed the video stopping at 8m51s? It might be my internet connection on the boat (I’ve tethered my phone to my mac so I have a portable internet connection) which is causing the problem, but I’m not sure. What happens is that the video plays and then suddenly goes back to the beginning (without collecting Β£200 πŸ™‚ ) and starts again.

    I am keen to see what happens next πŸ™‚

  5. Jeff Winship on 19 December 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Great job Paul. I don’t think most people know how difficult the camera work, planning and editing is to get a great quality video like that, so thank you Joseph as well. Well done and thanks for a great Christmas idea I’m going to make for a little 4 year old buddy of mine.

  6. Jeff Winship on 19 December 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Hey Jonathan, it didn’t pause for me, so I think it may be your connection. I’m sure it will play just fine on a better connection. Best.

  7. JONATHAN WARREN on 19 December 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks, Jeffrey – I’ll wait until I go home to my broadband over the weekend then πŸ™‚

  8. John Poutier on 19 December 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I feel as though I’m peeking in on Santa’s workshop! And now he has helpers all over the world…as evidenced by the forums. It’s wonderful. Thank you and Merry Christmas πŸ˜‰

  9. constable415 on 20 December 2012 at 12:33 am

    I hate to be a negative nellie, but I hope we are going to be constructing a lot harder projects than this. Although it is useful on a very basic level. πŸ™‚

    • Jeff Winship on 20 December 2012 at 2:46 am

      Hey Rodney. There is an upcoming project building a rocking chair. I believe it will follow the next series of building various dovetail boxes. A lot of people including myself need to get the basic techniques down first, and said so in kind of an informal poll on a forum thread which resulted in the rocking chair project being pushed back. Patience my friend. Best.

    • Joseph Sellers on 20 December 2012 at 8:27 am

      Hey Rodney,

      Sorry about that. This is the simplest project that we plan to do in the next six months.

      • constable415 on 20 December 2012 at 9:02 am

        To Jeffrey, Joseph and others I hope I didnt get anyone mad. It was not my intention. I think this is going to be a great on-line forum. I love everyone being able to ask questions and getting responses from others. I’m here to learn, share and make friends and projects.

        Merry Christmas

        • Joseph Sellers on 20 December 2012 at 9:04 am

          I’m certainly not mad πŸ™‚ We are aware that we cannot meet everyones needs at one time but I am still sorry if anyone is disappointed with our choice of project.

          Keep well.

        • Jeff Winship on 20 December 2012 at 3:52 pm

          Not a problem Rodney, I wasn’t angry either. I just figured you hadn’t seen the rocking chair forum. I’ve seen all of his DVD’s, and he progresses thru the projects in a way that teaches the techniques in a logical order. Some projects seem simple, but I always learn something new. Then the Intro to the next one will make you think there’s no way you could build it. But then he shows you the technique, and it’s not all that hard. Best & Merry Christmas back at ya.

  10. Ken Haygarth - UK on 20 December 2012 at 1:26 am

    Oh Boy πŸ™

  11. Greg Merritt on 20 December 2012 at 2:08 am

    This is a simple and fun project that follows up and reinforces the lessons learned in the clock project, i.e. housing dadoes. Also this is a good project to get the young ones involved with. I hope everyone enjoys this one….I know I will. Thanks again to Paul and Joseph for all their hard work.

  12. Brent Ingvardsen on 20 December 2012 at 3:16 am

    Nice video Paul. Very useful project, thanks πŸ™‚


  13. Joseph Sellers on 20 December 2012 at 8:28 am

    Thanks everyone.

    Have a happy Christmas!

  14. dpaul on 20 December 2012 at 2:44 pm

    That is indeed beautiful wood (7:45). When you hold up the board, the light reflects the wavy figure. Is that just plain ol’ pine?

  15. STEVE MASSIE on 20 December 2012 at 10:25 pm

    This is a great little project which I have been wanting to make with my 6 year old Grandson. I like simple and useful projects since I am progressing into Hand Tools from power tools. Also I am trying to teach my Grandson this is a welcomed project as was the clock.

    Thank You very much and am looking forward to the build alongs. Merry Christmas !


  16. juryaan on 21 December 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I think it’s a nice little project.
    You can use this tote for almost anything around the house,
    and it is a great lesson for accurate layout and joinery(for me anyway).

  17. Rob Young on 9 February 2013 at 8:39 pm

    World’s tallest elf?

  18. Sandy on 24 November 2013 at 1:17 am

    I have to stop watching your videos because I don’t have enough time to make them all…. πŸ™‚ However my wife saw this one and now I have to make two of them… Christmas is coming and now she knows what to get her mother…. Thanks guys… I’m off to the store to buy more wood…

  19. Sandy on 14 December 2013 at 4:26 pm

    One down and now 5 to go. I should be good at the housing dado by the time I get finished with these. This is a fun little project and everyone loves them… πŸ™‚

  20. wdelliott on 16 December 2013 at 2:13 pm

    You chisel is sufficiently long to allow you to work from both ends to the middle. When you have a dado longer than your chisel, then do you shift to a bevel side down to clean out the middle of the dado?

    • Paul Sellers on 17 December 2013 at 11:50 am

      Yes, exactly. A lot of times people think that bevel down is the right way for the whole task from side to side, but it’s only right when the chisel won’t reach.

  21. borojoiner on 18 May 2014 at 3:13 am

    hi paul I was wondering if you could possibly make a video showing tips on how to saw straight as an apprentice recovering from shoulder injury my sawing is not backup to its 100% standards yet and I was wondering if you could give me any tips on ways to stand or anything thank you great video as always hanks

  22. terrence on 28 August 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I really like this project. I learn something from Paul every time I watch no matter how simple the project and it’s hard to think of anything more useful than a tote. Perhaps I’ll make one with a lid as my final resting place. Wouldn’t that be appropriate for an old carpenter.
    I would suggest to everyone building one of these that you be sure to sign it and mark the date and location of manufacture on it somewhere. You will be amazed how long these last and when it changes hands this will become valuable information.

  23. alexvpp on 4 September 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Great project!

    Perfect for a novice like me.

    A question:

    What is a good thickness for the pieces?



  24. robertparsons81 on 17 December 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Great i am learning more each time i watch your videos thanks again

  25. Roger Paradis on 23 December 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Would you recommend using the shooting board for truing up the ends (maybe for a novice with hand tools like myself)? Or is it a better practice to not rely on such devices and trust the knife lines?

    I also wanted to thank you for making these videos. They have been the most useful resource I have found to help get me back into woodworking with hand tools (while enjoying it). Not only with what you say and show us intentionally and scripted… but, I learn something new every time I watch your hands work the wood. Just the subtle ways (and different ways) you use the tool and approach the wood. It has truly helped me grasp a lot of the mechanics I was missing and correct a lot of the bad habits I have earned over the years. I’ll watch the same video a few times and each time I feel closer to the process once I get into my workshop. Thank you!!! Merry Christmas!

  26. Duncan Williams on 4 April 2015 at 7:44 am

    Just beginning to work wood, I am enjoying the whole style and ambience of this site – thank you

  27. Larry Williams on 17 October 2015 at 9:40 am

    Wonderful project. Master the simple to later master the complex. Solid teaching principle. I’ve enjoyed watching and learning from this video time and again. It’s important to note that Paul is also teaching process. Slow down and appreciate the doing of a thing. Thanks, Paul!

  28. Manuel Goletto on 22 August 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Just joined! nice project!

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