Craftsman-style Tool Carrier: Episode 5

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In this episode we consider the final appearance of the handle area to make sure it complements the carrier. We take care as we shape and finesse the components before gluing up, and also create the protruding tenons, replete with the round-overs, that so exemplify the Arts & Crafts era. The methods we use reduce the need for sanding by 80%. We make 1/8″ draw-bore pegs for the pins, and this too is intriguing and fun to do. The final steps before gluing up are the grooves we make to receive the support strips. It’s all step-by-step to ensure a successful outcome and glue up follows with a very specific sequence to that end as we finally plane the finished surfaces.


  1. Tom Ashworth on 6 June 2020 at 3:57 am

    Maybe I’m just blind, but, looking at the plans, I am a bit confused about their location. It seems the horizontal long strip on the middle divider should be on the other side — am I right? or is Paul putting these supports for the small tray on both sides in order to move the tray around?

    • Joseph Sellers on 11 June 2020 at 9:46 am

      Hi Tom,

      Thanks for the question!

      On the one my dad made the tray fits (and is supported) on both sides of the carrier. Depending on what types of tools you store you may want the support strips on the ends or sides and we show how to do both ways. If you are certain you only want the tray on one side you could choose to only do one set of strips.

      In another version of this project my dad made a short sliding tray that ran along the long strips. So, this is an option too.

      I hope that helps!

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