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  The Practical Carpenter’s Toolbox by Bob Sturgeon 1 of 4  

How many times has your son, daughter or your brother-in-law called and said can you come over to our house this weekend and help build or rebuild the deck. Or how about that room addition they are working on, its always easier when your there. Because they know you have always been good with your hands when it comes to Carpentry work, Electrical wiring and Running plumbing. Sound familiar? Of course you always go, because maybe you remember how your Dad use to help you with different things when you were young and didn’t know how to do much of anything let alone make it come out right.

So Saturday rolls around and you get ready to head out. You back your old pickup up to the shop and proceed to load up most all the tools you will need. You can always throw them into the back of the truck or maybe get the old standby, the cardboard box to haul them in or how about those wonderful black trash bags. These might get the job done, but an easily constructed wooden tool box does the job much better.

Wooden travel toolboxes are quite easy to build, will hold just about everything you will need and helps keep all your tools in order to get from the shop to the job site and back again. Another thing I like about wooden boxes is that they won’t ding up your tools the way metal boxes have a habit of doing. They are also handy to keep in the shop on or near the workbench to store tools.

My Daddy had a real good design for one of these tool boxes. This design is very simple to build, is easy to repair if need be, and if you wear it out it costs very little to build another one.

I build mine out of ¼” and ¾” BC grade plywood, mainly because mine takes a beating getting tossed around here and there. If a fellow chose to he could build his as elaborate as he wanted , using solid wood of his choice or birch plywood and apply a nice finish. It would all depend on how kind you intend to be to it. Mine is just what I intended it to be, a rough and tumble box.


 This is my Carpenter’s Toolbox that I have used for the last 10 or 12 years. A thing of beauty it is not. But it has made, the perfect travel box. Both ends and the bottom are made of ¾” Plywood and the front, back, and tray are of ¼” Plywood. The carrying strap is nothing more than a auto fan belt attached to each side. The belt works better than anything I have ever tried and will last forever.

The bottom holds larger tools like Handsaws, Levels, Hammers, Squares, Large Wrenches, etc. The top tray is great for smaller items like Chisels, Rules, Tapes, Screwdrivers, Pliers, Chalk Lines, etc. Just fill it up with everything you need to take with you and slide it in the back of the truck with a couple of saw horses and you are ready to go.

Now Lets Build One

Materials List:

2 Ends ¾” x 9” x 12” BC Plywood
1 Bottom ¾” x 9” x 34 ½” BC Plywood
1 Back ¼” x 10” x 36” BC Plywood
1 Front ¼” x 6” x 36” BC Plywood
1 Tray Bottom ¼” x 3 ½” x 34 ½” BC Plywood
1 Tray Wall ¼” x 5” x 34 ½” BC Plywood
2 Tray supports ¾” x 1 ½” x 34 ½” Pine
1 Auto Fan Belt 48”  
¾”-#6 Screws   Your Choice
1”-#6 Screws   Your Choice
1½”-#6 Screws   Your Choice

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