Craftsman-style Tool Carrier

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If you are looking for a sampler piece to both learn from and express your appreciation in, this hand-tooled carrier exemplifies a person’s love for the traditions of joinery. It may look complex, but Paul walks and talks you through all of the complexities to a beautifully finished example of your work.


  1. larryl49 on 30 April 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Paul, I’m going to enjoy this one.

  2. Claudiu on 30 April 2020 at 3:13 pm

    nice, i really like this kind of projects.

  3. John Purser on 30 April 2020 at 3:17 pm

    That looks great Paul. Thank you!


  4. robertparsons81 on 30 April 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Paul,I like the look of of this one ,looking to making it .

  5. sherbin18 on 30 April 2020 at 4:48 pm

    Looks great Pau. Exactly what I need right now.

  6. meyerma11 on 30 April 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Nice Paul, I can’t wait to get started!

  7. ROY RAINEY on 30 April 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Like those above, I am really looking forward to taking on this project. When will the actual videos be available?

  8. Travis Horton on 30 April 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Been waiting for this! Many thanks.

  9. Jim Allen on 1 May 2020 at 1:53 am

    Great project! I made something similar about 58 years ago in High School. A friend that was a bit slow didn’t have very good luck with his and was reluctant to take it home so I gave him mine to take home. I never told anyone until now. Maybe it’s time to make another one. Thanks!

  10. Johnathon on 1 May 2020 at 4:47 am

    Paul, would you consider this a beginner’s project or should we have other projects completed first?

  11. Sandy on 1 May 2020 at 1:54 pm

    I love making tools and tool boxes for my shop and for my children! Great project!

  12. Remco Dijkxhoorn on 6 May 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks Paul, nice project again! I really enjoy it and definitely going to make this one. And just yesterday my wife said she’s going to try to make the mirror.

  13. Luc Burelle on 7 May 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Greetings to the Woodworking Mssterclass crew,
    I don’t usually comment on the internet, shyness probably. I believe there is a weakness in the eesign of what is otherwise a very sturdy and good looking carrier.
    When the carrier is held by the handle, the weak points are the two 1/4 inch tenons joining the handle sides to the carrier bar. In the best of cases, with perfect joints and perfect gluing, it may hold. But for us amateurs there is no way to know whether our glued joint is perfect unless there is a failure
    Even with the dowels shown on the picture, but not on the drawings, it remain just a 1/4 inch tenon.
    I know it is not a life and death risk. It just may not last 100 years. And it is something one should be aware when building the carrier

    • Raymond Johnston on 9 May 2020 at 10:44 am

      I think Paul tries to size the mortise and tenons to common chisel sizes. They have very wide cheeks that should glue up very tight. It looks to me with using oak and pins it should be very sturdy.

      • Andrew Sinclair on 13 May 2020 at 11:38 am

        In the politest way possible, I beg to disagree. The thickness that takes the weight is the vertical height, not the horizontal. Like in an I-beam; and these are further constrained from torsion or bending by the housing. In fact the tenons merely have to resist shearing off, and I’m pretty sure that would take over a hundred kg in oak.

        Also, look at the tenons on the rails around chair seats: they’re often only 1/4” or so, and they take a substantial fraction of a person’s weight, probably more than we can easily lift one handed.

        Really to answer this one we need someone to make a couple in pine and test to destruction 🙂 There have been similar test on the internet between joint types (biscuits vs half lap vs m&t etc), and the mortise and tenon is *incredibly* strong.

  14. rharnedy on 12 May 2020 at 8:55 pm

    The drawing for this project is the best I have seen on masterclass. Really clear cut list also helps a lot. Please pass message onto Paul.

    • Jaap on 3 June 2020 at 7:31 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, the drawings are wonderful! It may well be out of the regular scope of these classes, but I would really like to learn how to make these kind of drawings in a structured way myself. Any chance of doing a video series on that? Does anyone know a good resource for learning this?

  15. David Allen on 15 May 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Always enjoy watching your work and get learning so much so thank you. Just wondered if there was are reason for going with cutting the stopped groove in the end pieces by hand, over using a plough plane and a lapped dovetail


    • Izzy Berger on 21 May 2020 at 4:09 pm

      Hi David,

      Paul says:
      I just didn’t want to use a lapped dovetail.

      Kind Regards,

  16. Andrew Cormack on 26 June 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Is the PDF available yet that Paul mentions in the handle shaping video?

  17. ehisey on 9 August 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Anyone else have an issue printing page 4 of the pdf? I can print 1-3 and 5-6, but 4 keeps coming up blank.

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