1. 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. 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!

    1. 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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Hi Paul and the team 🙂
    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.

  9. 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,

  10. 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.


    1. I’m not sure if a drawing was added to the tote project. Greg was not drawing for This website when it was created but you might contact Greg Merrit directly to see if he has something you could use.

  11. I just completed this project (my first) and learned so much 🙂 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?

    1. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. I just tossed an old handle from a broken garden tool in my shop and thought “I’ll use it for something” now I know what. How I never thought of that I have no idea, you can probably buy a low quality tool or broom just for the handle cheaper than purchasing a dowel ! Thanks Paul!

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