Traveling Joiner’s Toolbox

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When does a piece of work become an heirloom piece?– when it is carefully crafted, with a long term use in mind! This toolbox will last many lifetimes even if it were to be abused by the day to day rigours of daily toting and stowing of your prized hand tools. This is a cabinet course all in one! In this one project, we have door making with raised and faceted panels, mortise and tenons and grooves, carcass construction with dovetails, and then too, drawer making as well. This will be your lifetime toolbox for you to work away from the bench and then too at the bench! Enjoy!


  1. William Adams on 27 November 2020 at 2:00 am

    Paul, I’m eager to see this series. While I have a vintage Gerstner toolbox, I’ve been wanting to make my own. This will be fun!

  2. Thomas Redfern on 27 November 2020 at 9:21 am

    Can’t wait for this one. Thanks for all you do.

  3. John Leggat on 27 November 2020 at 9:26 am

    Hi Paul what type of wood would you suggest I use for this tool box?

    • Izzy Berger on 22 December 2020 at 9:04 am

      Hi John,

      Paul says:
      I have a pine one, oak one and mahogany one. I’ve made them in walnut and cherry, they are all good. You can use almost any wood you like.


  4. daniel_bohrer on 27 November 2020 at 9:52 am

    The wood looks like oak, also I think it would make a good choice due to its strength.

  5. David Cracknell on 27 November 2020 at 9:55 am

    I was thinking cherry perhaps would look good …

  6. Mark68 on 27 November 2020 at 10:49 am

    I am looking forward to this one. It looks challenging but the end product looks really lovely.

  7. Lizard on 27 November 2020 at 11:23 am

    Looking forward to this project

  8. daniel_bohrer on 27 November 2020 at 12:44 pm

    “It will last 200 years if you live that long”… Paul, I certainly wish you to live that long! 🙂

  9. Sandy on 27 November 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Looking forward to this project. I love making tool boxes and I have several grandchildren who need one of these.

  10. DAVID CROZIER on 27 November 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Can’t wait to get started on this project.

  11. Henry Commiskey on 27 November 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I had just started getting wood for a tool box but like your much more. I will stop building and start watching. I get so much more from your teaching than I get from discovering my mistakes— thanks so much

  12. jurgen01 on 27 November 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Looking forward to another great project!

  13. Cynthia Carter on 27 November 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I’m thinking of making two of these as presents for my twin nephews (they just turned 11). Can I ask how much this one made of oak weighs? Obviously they will soon be growing into whatever the weight is, over the next few years, but I might substitute alder or pine if it is really heavy. Anyhow, thanks for offering this project, it looks like a great one to learn on.

    • Izzy Berger on 22 December 2020 at 9:04 am


      Paul says:
      I’m not too sure, we don’t have big enough scales here. But you can work it out using the cut list if you like.


  14. Darren on 28 November 2020 at 12:59 pm


    Will you provide links to where you got the hardware from?



  15. rayc21 on 29 November 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Looking forward to seeing this project. My toolbox will be stationary as I only work on my bench these days.
    just started on my box, made the main carcass deeper to suit.
    Thank you Paul and Team

  16. Artur Darmofal on 30 November 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I would go for ash.

  17. tjofmaine on 30 November 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Paul I have waiting for this project for 8 years. I have seen many versions of this box in boat building shops and wood working schools and home shops. Looking forward to it.

  18. John Simpson on 30 November 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Been waiting for this one.

  19. John Simpson on 30 November 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Been waiting for this one.

  20. larryl49 on 1 December 2020 at 4:40 pm

    I’m with all the others, on this one Paul. It looks like a great project.
    I may convince the Mrs too keep this one indoors.
    If I’m not careful she may Nick it to be used for some thing else.
    Regards Larry.

  21. John Simpson on 1 December 2020 at 5:44 pm

    Quick question: I’ve got some sapele boards that I’ve been saving for something. Is there any reason why I couldn’t use it for this project? A little brittle maybe?

    • Izzy Berger on 22 December 2020 at 9:05 am

      Hi John,

      Paul says:
      No, it’s great for a toolbox like this, not too brittle. Great wood.


  22. sinbad on 1 December 2020 at 10:08 pm

    What a great project!

    Looking at the cutting list to see what timber I will need, I see that the metric width of the rear back panel is the same as the stiles and rails (all 83mm) whereas it should be much wider (211mm?) as shown in the drawing and imperial list.


  23. Mason Briggs on 2 December 2020 at 2:38 am

    So excited for this! Been watching it come together. Going to put a space heater in the shop and spend my nights warm and happy in the working 🙂

  24. Dan Denson on 3 December 2020 at 3:50 pm

    I am really looking forward to this one. I am also interested to to know which tools you select when you travel, and why.

    Thank you for these videos. They are a special treat to me.

  25. Martin Hawkins on 6 December 2020 at 11:04 am

    cant wait to start this project. I’m just wondering what lock do you use ?

    • Izzy Berger on 22 December 2020 at 8:47 am

      Hi Martin,

      Paul says:
      I found what is called a barrel lock. These are easy to fit it and cost somewhere around £12 second-hand.

      Kind Regards,

  26. philip higgins on 21 December 2020 at 9:30 am

    just finished dry fit of dovetailed case. Working with stringy bark. The hardest wood i have ever used and very unforgiving for dovetai fit.
    Really enjoying the challenge

  27. Mark Ridley on 21 December 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Is it necessary to “upgrade” before getting a copy of the cutting list and links to the hardware?

    I would like to have all that prepped before settling down to watch the series and build the toolbox

    • Izzy Berger on 22 December 2020 at 10:42 am

      Hi Mark,

      The plans and videos for premium projects are only available with a premium membership.

      Kind Regards,

  28. rotaryw on 13 January 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Paul thanks once again for the beautiful project . I really hope you will share the project of the new rocker too…

  29. sodbuster on 14 January 2021 at 1:25 am

    Musing on design a bit – 3/4″ stock, in dense wood (oak or other) will make a heavy box. I would think weight matters for a travel box. At approx 20″ x 9″ x 14″, would 5/8″ stock not be more than strong enough? Thoughts?

    • Izzy Berger on 21 January 2021 at 4:01 pm


      Paul says:
      Yes, that’s obvious to everyone, but who is going to plane ⅛” off stock sized materials at ¾” just to save on something so minimally changed? Please try to remember that these changes can be chosen on an individual level to suit. Also it’s important to remember that many in my audience have access to store bought materials that seem always milled to 19mm or ¾” but do not have any machines. It’s a lot of work to plane this material down by hand.


  30. YrHenSaer on 14 January 2021 at 9:03 am

    Quite a weight, true that…..
    I think that those old-time-carpenters ate all their greens, besides, they probably had a horse and cart.
    Then there were apprentices……………
    As an ex-apprentice, I can tell you a thing or two about hauling tool-boxes about!

  31. Larry Geib on 14 January 2021 at 6:47 pm

    And people helped each other. I never moved my day box by myself.

    And when quality ply became available, the construction of those boxes became a lot lighter while remaining as durable.

  32. Bob Blarney on 22 January 2021 at 6:39 pm

    It looks like an interesting project. I have a suggestion about the drawer slides. I recently built a big toolchest for placement under a bench, and it has two-way drawers that are accessible from either side of the bench . The fact that the drawers are two-way is only somewhat relevant here, but what is relevant is how I made the slides. I made them beveled as you would cut French cleats for hanging cabinets on walls. This method keeps the drawers from cocking in the carcass, and I believe that for the two-way design, that it adds a measure of bracing to keep the drawers and carcass aligned since there is no back panel to stiffen the carcass.

  33. DAVID CROZIER on 1 February 2021 at 3:03 pm

    I’ve just ordered up three dimensioned American White Oak planks for this project this morning from McGregors here in Belfast.

    2 x 19x194x2440 and 1 x 19x220x2140 should cover it with a bit extra to spare.

    Total cost £135 inc VAT.

    My question is how does this price compare to what others are paying for similar wood elsewhere in the UK?

  34. ehisey on 3 February 2021 at 3:54 pm

    @DAVID CROZIER American White Oak is pricey over there. Did you get it Plain, Rift or Quarter sawn as that does change the price a bit.

  35. DAVID CROZIER on 3 February 2021 at 7:35 pm

    It’s rift I think.

  36. philip higgins on 11 February 2021 at 9:49 am

    I have completed the project and really enjoyed it. is there a gallery location yet?

    • Izzy Berger on 18 March 2021 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Phil,

      There isn’t a specific category for this project, however you can upload into ‘other’ and it will be featured.


  37. Parker White on 19 November 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Hi Mr. Paul,
    This is such a cool project that I can’t wait to do. I hope it is as fun as all the other projects.
    Thanks for a super fun project,

  38. Artur Darmofal on 16 April 2022 at 8:25 pm

    It is so beatiful – I watched trailer many times already and still enjoying looking at this toolbox.

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