Carrying Tote Episode 2

Carrying Tote 2

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This was our Christmas episode in 2012. In this episode, Paul continues to construct the tool tote. He goes through assembly, a little shaping and of course fitting a handle. Enjoy!


  1. Gary Hodgin on 24 December 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Santa got here a little early with the Episode 2. Thanks. This project really helps with hand tool fundamentals. I plan to build a couple of these with my grandsons. Not sure what tools to give them for their tote though. Ages 8 and 10 and really don’t need anything sharp.

  2. Ken Haygarth on 24 December 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks Paul, nice job.
    Have a great Christmas and New Year


  3. Michael van Zadelhoff on 24 December 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you Paul and a Merry Christmas to you and your team.

  4. Jeff Winship on 25 December 2012 at 5:34 am

    Thank you Paul. Merry Christmas to your and your family.

  5. John Hamilton on 26 December 2012 at 2:02 am

    Hi Paul,

    It appears that the assembled sample tote you have been showing has a raised panel detail on the under side of the tote. My untrained mind assumes a different jointery technique was used. I really like the appearance. Would you please give a brief explaination of the advantages/disadvantages and how it was done? I think I would like to make some boxes with the raised panl detail.

    Thank you…Happy New Year!

    • Joseph Sellers on 28 December 2012 at 12:51 pm

      Paul, unusually, prepared two boxes to help with the continuity of the filming. On one of them he planed the board slightly to fit it (off camera, sorry). I think this is what you have spotted. It is not a raised panel but rather than widening the dado he planed the edge thinner to fit. This is a unusual technique but I will try to get it on camera sometime in the future.

  6. STEVE MASSIE on 28 December 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I hope every one had a Merry Christmas and a great Holiday. Joseph I have a question I don’t seem to have access to episode 2 unless i click on this thread. Am I not connected ?

    Thank You !


  7. John Verreault on 7 January 2013 at 8:40 am

    Happy New Year everyone.

    I just wanted to throw my 2 bits worth in on making dowel pegs. Although I now have a dowel cutting plate from Lie-Nielsen, previously I used half of an old 3 or 4 inch steel hinge (or similar piece of metal). I drilled a hole through the hinge leaf to the size I needed the dowel to be and placed the newly drilled hole over a dog hole on my bench. Using a piece of stock roughed down to approximately the diameter required (it could even be more square than round) with a slight taper at the end, I hammered it through the hole in the hinge leaf which cut a perfectly sized, round piece of dowel. Voila, the poor man’s dowel cutting plate.


  8. bloqbeta on 9 January 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Happy New Year,

    I would like to tell Paul that I really enjoy his sense of humor… and on this episode he is on fire! He just throws the right lines at the right moment so the classes don’t get boring…

    Keep at it, Paul,
    Mario Harrison

  9. STEVEN COOKE on 12 June 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Really enjoyable Paul, Thank you.

  10. Peter Buchin on 2 August 2013 at 6:53 am

    What is the reason for not hand-drilling the dowel holes?

  11. Raul Cabrera on 14 November 2013 at 3:32 am

    I enjoyed the season and much more a master woodworker at work.
    Thank You

  12. e8dougr on 16 January 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I have been watching several videos. I really am enjoying the instructions. I feel a bit as though I am an actual apprentice. Thanks.

    Two questions:
    Is there a source in the USA for the wood PVA glue or is there an equivalent glue here?

    It appears on the videos that Mr. Sellers has his tenon and dove tail saws hanging on his work bench. Is this correct; and if so, how is it done (special holder for the saw, or just a couple screws)?

    Again, thanks for this apprentice’s course.

  13. Idge on 28 January 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Paul watched all the free stuff,and will join very soon. You do seem to make things seem very easy and I like the idea of not using power tools.I did notice the wonderful pertina on all your chisels, can’t wait for the next project.

  14. bit101 on 23 April 2014 at 3:18 am

    I chuckled when Paul pulled out the broom with the 3 foot handle. I wonder what became of the poor thing after this project.

    Who needs Netflix? I can watch these videos one after another. I have to pry myself away each evening.

  15. bradleyp on 28 April 2014 at 5:28 am

    “Or you could just buy a dowel” LOL

  16. fredmatthews on 11 May 2014 at 9:56 am

    Hi Paul and the team ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have just discovered Pauls videos on you tube and just registered on your web page,
    I must say they are awesome I thoroughly enjoy watching Paul he explains everything really well and makes it interesting to follow. I love this project and will be making a few for gifts and as storage devices for my work van !!! Very much looking forward to more projects and will be joining very soon.

    Kind regards Fred Matthews.

  17. holiveira on 23 June 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks Paul for your very goood job

  18. jorg blankenburg on 30 September 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Great episode …. well done you guys:)

  19. tim trammell on 6 October 2014 at 3:09 am

    I love your videos, thanks so much for doing them.
    Did I miss it or did he not mention what kind of finish he was using on the tote?

    • Philip Adams on 27 October 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Pauk used a shellac finish on the tote. If you have not yet seen it, look at the video on finish with shellac.

  20. robertparsons81 on 4 January 2015 at 10:57 am

    Hi thanks Paul, i now know witch project to start with, I have injoied the projects that I have seen so far I must say that you are a very good teacher, looking forward to start working on two projects I have selected thanks again. Robertparsons81,

  21. William Goodwin on 17 May 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Paul or Joseph,

    I’m getting my grandchildren into woodworking and building things. I would like to have them make the carry tote. Did you ever put out a drawing for that project? I also want to teach them how to interpret drawings.


  22. William Goodwin on 19 May 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks both Greg and Robin my grandchildren will appreciate having the drawing to work with. The Sketch-Up drawing will be nice since we can look at it in 3-D and even rotate the drawing.

  23. allenriddle on 11 February 2016 at 3:34 am

    I just completed this project (my first) and learned so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a question about the saw used to make rip cuts in the video. Is that rip saw cut to the progressive rip patent? What is an ideal PPI for that type of finishing cut? I ask because I used my 6 PPI rip saw, and it wasn’t a very clean cut. Is it a skill issue, or should I be using a saw with finer teeth?

    • neptune24 on 21 August 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Hello Allen, I am no expert on this but I do know that a 6 tpi will leave quite the rough cut. Something like a 10 or 12 tpi would produce a cleaner cut. Though it will be a little slower there will be less clean up.

  24. lewisb81 on 18 July 2016 at 7:43 am

    I just finished this (my first) project yesterday. It turned out a little rough and ready in a few places, but it a solid and good quality carry tote. I gave it to my 13 year old son as a gift, for him to carry his own growing selection of basic tools that I began compiling for him.
    Thank you Paul for the clear, comprehensive and entertaining instructions.

  25. jeffdustin on 17 September 2016 at 2:12 am

    Bob Ross was to painting landscapes as Paul Sellers is to woodworking.

  26. Gleb Dmitriev on 8 March 2017 at 10:12 am

    Now I know how real father of Christmas looks like ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for this wonderful project, Paul!

  27. Kem Clawson on 12 December 2017 at 1:05 am

    Paul- thanks very much for sharing your wood working talents and wisdom. It is amazing how much we can learn from you on this simple project. I enjoy, and appreciate, your videos very much. Happy Holidays 2017!

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